It’s hard to imagine a more popular sport than surfing, but in recent years a spate of injuries has hit the sport hard.
It’s been estimated that around 10,000 people die each year from head injuries while on the water.
“If you have to do it at the beach, it’s really dangerous,” says Mark D’Aloisio, a surfer from Perth who is also a former World Surf League champion.
“The helmet makes it so you can surf with your head down.
That’s what really kills you.”
The helmet also means you don’t need to be the fastest, says D’Amore, who was a surf instructor at the time of the accident.
“If you were really quick, you’d probably still be out there.”
“I would have been out there,” says Dukan, who now works as a security guard for the US Navy in the Pacific.
The helmet was only a shield, and it was just a piece of cloth that would protect you.” “
But I just had to stay calm.
The helmet was only a shield, and it was just a piece of cloth that would protect you.”
After his accident, Dukin was left with a fractured skull and two broken ribs.
‘It’s not the same’ Surfing has been hugely popular since the mid-1970s, and there’s still a significant amount of surfing around the world.
But with helmet laws increasing in the US, the popularity of the sport is falling.
Surfing Australia has reported a 50% decline in surfing visits over the past four years, with some parts of the country experiencing a drop of 30%.
“It’s really sad that it’s not a sport that’s popular anymore,” says John McGovern, the CEO of Surfing Australian.
“But I don’t think it’s necessarily about the helmets, or about safety.
It could be the popularity has waned or it could be that there’s a lack of the surf community that’s supporting it.”
We’ve had a big fall in people who were interested in it before, but now they’re all looking elsewhere.
“The sport is still hugely popular in Australia, but the popularity is falling at a rate of 25% per year, according to Surf Australia.
In the last decade, surfers have been hit hard by the drug use epidemic, which saw the number of deaths rise by a third.
It’s a sad reality, says McGovern – but it’s also a fact surfers will face. “
It’s got to be a combination of the helmet law, the fact that the industry is so big, and that people don’t realise the dangers of using recreational drugs.”
It’s a sad reality, says McGovern – but it’s also a fact surfers will face.
“There are a lot more people out there who don’t have the same level of safety as we do,” he says.
Surf Australia says it has reached a consensus in the industry that it will take time for the sport to recover, and is committed to working with surfers to develop safer practices. “
What happens is that there will be more of a decline, and hopefully we’ll have a little bit more of an uptick in popularity.
Surf Australia says it has reached a consensus in the industry that it will take time for the sport to recover, and is committed to working with surfers to develop safer practices.
In the meantime, the sport’s biggest cheerleader is surfing.
“You don’t want to go surfing in your house when you’re in the shower.” “
I’m going to keep surfing and I’m going back to the surf as much as I can,” he said.
“You don’t want to go surfing in your house when you’re in the shower.”