E-Surfer Mag

How to self rescue in the ocean? Jetsurf safety tips

Today I had to do the “swim of shame” when my PETROL board ran out of BATTERY in the middle of the ocean… lol… funny… unless you have to swim 1km back to the shore with offshore winds and rough waves…

So once again I wanted to post about safety if you go jetsurfing ALONE in the ocean. Of course you don’t need this in the lake.

it might look silly and I dont use it on videos but here is my day-to-day setup for the ocean when I go alone, i put the flippers with me:

in this short video im going to show you a self rescue tip that i am
using myself when jetsurfing alone in the open ocean and rough
conditions…

The tips are for ocean jet surfers who ride alone in the rough
conditions. Of course you won’t need flippers in the lake where it’s
30 meters to swim to the shore in the flat water.

What im going to show you might look funny until it is not, because
there is nothing worse than getting stuck alone in the middle of the
ocean far away from the shore with big waves, rocks and rip currents
around you and no plan B.

And if you think it will never happen to you, trust me, it happened
several times to me. The board is very reliable but it can still break
for no reason, or even worse you may get a stick, debris, sea weed or
even fishermans net stuck in the propeller and there is no way to get
it out without the tools. You can also flood your engine during
wipeout or simply run out of gasoline. There are many things that can
go wrong and it’s always better be prepared.

The rule of thumb is saying - never ride further than you are ready to
swim back, but i guess nobody is following it, especially in the ocean
where you have to be far enough from the shore to avoid the waves.
So without further ado, let me jump straight into the ocean to show
you the funny but helpful solution that i use when there are nobody
around to help me. lets go!

We will cover

  • Why you need plan B in the ocean?
  • Security backpack with flipper, paddle gloves and the phone
  • The tips are for ocean jet surfers who ride alone in the rough
    conditions. Of course you won’t need flippers in the lake where it’s
    30 meters to swim to the shore in the flat water.

A lot of things I cover might look simple and obvious for jetsurf
experts and veterans, but could be very helpful for people who are
just starting out with jet surfing and have no experience in it!

Thanks for sharing. Safety first!