Depends on how good the waves are, how long its been since you've surfed, and how big and how many critters are out there. Lots of variables. Access to first aid and proximity to hospital should be a concern, especially in foreign or remote waves. My daughter texted me this Laird story the other day, I said "Wow". then "BTW, Laird is right", She texted back "Lies". But she doesn't know what happened at a nearby beach long ago. I'll tell tomorrow.