I had to go get two staples in the back of my head yesterday from my surfboard striking me in a wipeout. When i surfaced after the impact of the board i was dazed and confused. (I ride a 7'3 XL 7S fish.) This board has already caused two knots in my head from hitting me. I surf with a leash as well. Its been two years now since I started surfing and this is the first hospital trip, but not the first injury. I am learning that its best to surf when others are in the water for the safety in numbers idea, but the hazards increase with that too. Our sport is gonna have people getting hurt. Surfing in Surfside Texas has its pros and cons, but the localism is subdued compared to other lo-cals in the world. Most surfers in the water on big surf days are from Houston, and you can get that city mentality inthe water, with people snaking your wave and dropping in on ya, but surfing is competitive whether we like it or not. And unless we have the attitude that we look out for our fellow surfers while in the water, when we do get hurt it could render us dead. So have compassion on the kooks, groms, wave hogs, and show offs, because they might save your life one day out in the water.