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    Helmets & Surfing

    Hey All,

    Heading back to central america again this week. We could be in store for a big, big swell. The kind that shuts down all the beaches and the reefs get pretty darn heavy. Last year we had a similar one and during my session at the peak of the swell, there were more than a couple of guys wearing helmets....and surfing well.

    I didn't get worked that hard that session but seeing guys wearing helmets not only seemed smart but made me feel spooked and vulnerable. I feel like I would charge harder knowing my noggin was protected. I played ice hockey growing up and know the values of a helmet.

    So my question is; I have a Pro Tec skate helmet. It's not specifically designed for water sports. I understand the padding may absorb more water and drip on my face. Any have any experience or tips in the situation??

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    if it makes you surf better go for it. but i think an ice hockey helmet would work better than pro tec. ice hockey is sturdy, doesnt come off your head easy, and the foam doesnt absorb water. (i used to play hockey too)

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    Wow, if I had to wear a helmet I would know that it was probably beyond my limits and I should be taking pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy View Post
    Wow, if I had to wear a helmet I would know that it was probably beyond my limits and I should be taking pictures.
    coco nogales wears a helmet when he surfs big puerto and hes been surfing there since he was kid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy View Post
    Wow, if I had to wear a helmet I would know that it was probably beyond my limits and I should be taking pictures.
    No kiddn, eh. And I'd be right there, man, as the cold beer distribution assistant.

    I do a ton of road bike riding. The dorkiest looking thing in the world is a bike helmet. So, I never used to wear one. Y'know, too cool to go to school, I'll never crash, I'm in control, I'm a good rider, blah blah blah.

    Until I met a couple guys in my local pro shop who hit pavement through circumstances beyond anything they could control. And they had the scars on their noggins to prove it. (They got injured because they were out tooling around sans helmet. Now? Dudes are big helmet fans.) So, ok, I get a helmet. Couple weeks later, I take a turn 43 miles from home, at slow speed, on unseen small loose gravel & the wheels get jerked from under me so fast that I still can't believe it.

    Because my feet are clipped in, my head literally bounces off the pavement. Bleeding leg wasn't fun to ride the 43 back home with. The dent in the helmet, instead of my head? Priceless.

    BTW, there's the 50 million dollar idea for anyone with the talent: invent a cool-looking cycling helmet. 'Cause even though they protect & serve, the existing style of helmets still look cheesy & dorky.
    Last edited by yankee; Jul 29, 2012 at 04:20 AM.

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    Thanks for the responses guys. The spot is heavy and shallow. Hockey helmet does repel water better. However, the chin strap is a pretty weak snap type. Looking into an alternative strap but honestly my skate helmet is more comfortable and has a sturdier strap. I could imagine showing photos of myself surfing with a hockey helmet and getting a lot of laughs from my hockey buddies. Ha!

    I talked to a surfer friend of mine who used to be a semi-pro wakeboarder and he suffered a head injury once and wears one all the time.

    Honestly, I am stoked for my trip and don't give a crap what I look like. Never hurts to be prepared. If I get some sick photos with a helmet on I'll share them here. Plus then I can show them to Mom without her having an anxiety attack! haha

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    $ 140.00 gets you into a nice Brine Lacrosse Helmet.
    Gotta luv the connection .... brine....ocean....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickzilla720 View Post
    Thanks for the responses guys. The spot is heavy and shallow. Hockey helmet does repel water better. However, the chin strap is a pretty weak snap type. Looking into an alternative strap but honestly my skate helmet is more comfortable and has a sturdier strap. I could imagine showing photos of myself surfing with a hockey helmet and getting a lot of laughs from my hockey buddies. Ha!

    I talked to a surfer friend of mine who used to be a semi-pro wakeboarder and he suffered a head injury once and wears one all the time.

    Honestly, I am stoked for my trip and don't give a crap what I look like. Never hurts to be prepared. If I get some sick photos with a helmet on I'll share them here. Plus then I can show them to Mom without her having an anxiety attack! haha
    Don't worry about it then. Who gives a ****? I wore a helmet when growing up in Kauai. A lot of people wear them now. Shallow reefs are unforgiving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    No kiddn, eh. And I'd be right there, man, as the cold beer distribution assistant.

    I do a ton of road bike riding. The dorkiest looking thing in the world is a bike helmet. So, I never used to wear one. Y'know, too cool to go to school, I'll never crash, I'm in control, I'm a good rider, blah blah blah.

    Until I met a couple guys in my local pro shop who hit pavement through circumstances beyond anything they could control. And they had the scars on their noggins to prove it. (They got injured because they were out tooling around sans helmet. Now? Dudes are big helmet fans.) So, ok, I get a helmet. Couple weeks later, I take a turn 43 miles from home, at slow speed, on unseen small loose gravel & the wheels get jerked from under me so fast that I still can't believe it.

    Because my feet are clipped in, my head literally bounces off the pavement. Bleeding leg wasn't fun to ride the 43 back home with. The dent in the helmet, instead of my head? Priceless.

    BTW, there's the 50 million dollar idea for anyone with the talent: invent a cool-looking cycling helmet. 'Cause even though they protect & serve, the existing style of helmets still look cheesy & dorky.
    Its pretty dumb not to wear a helmet road biking... I hear about people getting into accidents all the time on the road bikes.

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    Helmet laws for the win.