Surf’s Up!

Summer is here so head to the beach and check out boogie board hire. The surf is up and the sun is out. Sports swimwear are on and the beach is ready for some summer fun.

Surfing is the art of skimming a board across the surface of the water and riding the wave into shore. The surfer may lay, kneel or stand n the board and the aim is to ride the wave for as long a time as possible and in the most stylish way. Surfing can be done with or without a board and body surfing or boogie boards are a popular alternative for the beginner. 

Surfing was first observed by Europeans in Tahiti in 1767. Captain Cook also observed surfing in Hawaii on his travels. Polynesian and many other ancient cultures used surfing to both hunt and provide enjoyment.

In recent years, surfing has become so popular that artificial reefs have been constructed in many seaside towns to attract more visitors. However, the effect on the surrounding wildlife and coastline has yet to be observed.

Whatever the reason there is to visit, beaches remain one of the most popular tourist destinations. Whether surfing, making sandcastles or just enjoying a game of beach cricket there is no doubt that beaches have been drawing a crowd for thousands of years. Today sun safety has many families worried and avoiding the harmful exposure of the sun and the open space of the beach.

Statistics prove that children are more ‘at risk’ from sun related injury involved in everyday activities than on the beach. Even on cloudy days the sun’s rays can reflect off of the water surface and penetrated through the clouds. Overcast weather lulls parents into the false sense of security but the sun can be equally strong on these days. The ‘invisible sun’ is still there and coverage is required.

Even older kids need to escape the sun. For all-day beach outings bring along a large umbrella or maybe a tent to play in. If it’s not too hot outside and won’t make kids even more uncomfortable, have them wear light weight rashies and sun screen. Before heading to the beach or park, call ahead to find out if certain areas offer rentals of umbrellas, tents, and other sun-protective gear.

Sun screen remains the one essential item to bring for a day at the beach. It should be applied under the following conditions:

• Apply sun screen throughout the day, whatever the weather

• Apply sun screen at least fifteen minutes before leaving the house then every thirty to sixty minutes throughout the day

• Apply generously

• Cover all areas, including lips, ears, feet, neck and shoulders

• Reapply after swimming

• Use a high factor cream

Ensure that protective eyewear is worn to prevent later eye damage.

Lastly head to the beach with your board and enjoy!