@sidebox Having surfed a LARGE majority of my entire life even in some pretty sketchy well double overhead conditions I felt/feel as if I have more control over my surfboard than I did my OW. I look at my surfboards as an extension of myself and never really felt that same connection with the OW.
When not surfing, I Indo board, I Goofboard so balance was never really an issue but once again both above mentioned are more surfing related than OW related.
With the OW I was putting on tons on safety equipment and before leaving the house I was sweating like a pig. Even with safety gear on after some minor spills and I mean minor I walked / limped away bruised, battered & sprained with a tad road rash mixed in.
I stick by my original statement that if anyone is riding OW without all of their safety equipment on they are playing with fire while riding a can of gasoline with nowhere soft to land.
You are right if bike riding, mountain biking, skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing had a forum like this discussing injuries they would be off the charts. I will stick to surfing, yoga, BJJ and leave the OW for the young bucks who can dust off a busted kneecap, broken/sprained arm, ankle and gosh forsakes anything worse (which I hope NEVER happens to anyone) etc...
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