It’s hardly surprising that surfing is a sport adored by many. Whether you are successfully propelled towards the shore or instead, wiped out and plunged into the sea, aiming to mount an epic wave crest at just the right moment can be an exhilarating experience.
There are a few problems however, that make the sport less enjoyable in the winter months.
The technology of wetsuits has undeniably come a long way, with the best ones able to keep surfers warm in the extremist of cold temperatures. Wetsuit hoods are also available to help prevent painful “brain freeze”, though some people find these uncomfortable attire. You’ll have to peel yourself out of the suit eventually too and the delay between removing said suit and clambering into warmer garments can be unpleasant in bitter winter climates and can even promotes colds and/or flu.
The surfing aficionados that do face the icy temperatures to get their wave-riding fix also potentially face an ailment – appropriately named “Surfers ear” – in which surfers’ ears grow small, bone-like bumps inside the ear canals near to the eardrums – a defence mechanism of the body to keep the cold water and air out. Ear canals can be completely closed off by these bumps, causing both hearing impairments and considerable pain.
This probably won’t deter the keenest of surfers but what are the alternatives for those not wanting to risk discomfort or illness?
The laziest alternative would probably be to turn to your video games console. There are a few surfing games in existence (Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer and TransWorld Surf, for example) though I would recommended the Nintendo Wii console for the most interactive (and recent!) gaming-meets-surfing experience. As well as there being a surfing-specific game available for the Wii (Surf’s Up) Wii Sports Resort optimises the technology of the consoles’ motion sensitive controllers and includes a number of other water sports that may also be of interest to budding surfers (Wakeboarding and Power cruising, for example).
If gaming is just not active enough for you however, you could try the indoor warmth of Flowrider at Loop in Cornwall. The Flowrider generates a thin sheet of water (less than three inches approx.) which flows over a stationary wave to create a dynamic, safe, self contained environment in which surfers, skateboarders, wake boarders and snowboarding can perfect their moves – and learn new ones too! Since Flowrider is suitable for novices and experts, as well as people of all ages, the surf-like experience one that can be shared between groups of friends and/or family.
Kat is an internet marketer working for the surfing in Cornwall company that are behind FlowRider!
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