Contrary to popular belief that sharks are the biggest threat to a surfers health the actual threat is their own equipment. Colliding with your own or another surfers board is the leading cause of injuries within the surf community. A lot of these injuries are caused by head trauma which can lead to permanent brain damage, spinal issues or even death by drowning through concussions. This is where surf helmets like the one created by Gath come into play. They have designed a lightweight, hard cased helmet that can be worn to help protect yourself from head trauma more so than the usual cover your head with your arms technique. Helmets aren't used by a large number of surfers but are gaining popularity and usage has increased. There are five times when you really should use a surf helmet.
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