Surfing is something we do for fun, its super healthy right? Salt water, fresh air, good cardiac workout and it makes people happy, super happy. So why don’t people tell you about the only real obvious side effect of this bliss.?
1- Of course I had heard distant tales of ‘old guys’ complaining of the operations, but you dismiss. Just carry on with your favourite thing in the world. Your super healthy sport of surfing.
2- It’s not really until someone at your local break starts wearing ear plugs that it even enters your consciousness. Some other guy complaining about blocked ears?
3- The next time it’s perfect, the guy that was complaining is not even there, you see him later when you get out and he says he has an ear infection and can’t go in. Thats when the consequences of not wearing ear plugs first actually registers with you.
4- A few ear infections and lost sessions later and you start to think about buying some plugs yourself. Anything so you can get back in the water.
5- You go to your local surf shop and it’s kind of like admitting you have a problem to ask to look at the range of ears plugs. The shop owner gives you a knowing look.
He explains about the cheap plugs and wax products that just bung up your ear and stop anything going in there including sound. He shows you the mid range products that say they let you hear well but don’t work and he shows you the expensive choice that do what they say, let sound in and keep water out.
6 - You choose the cheap pair of ear plugs. What can the difference really be? for the difference in price of a round of drinks or a whole night out you will take the cheap ones.
7- First surf with the plugs in. You have one of the biggest shockers of your surfing career to date. All you can hear is your own breathing and swallowing. A mate stops to talk to you but you can’t hear him. You take your ear plugs out to chat. A set comes and you fumble to get the plugs back in dropping one before a hasty duck dive.
8- You have another ear infection now. This time you have to go to the doctors to get some antibiotics. No drinking, no surfing for 10 days. You miss a really good swell and everyone is talking about how good it was.
9- You have had enough. You go back to the surf shop and ask to see the range of ear plugs again. The shop owner gives you a knowing look. You buy the pair of Surf Ears 2.0 at the rough value of a night out. You have a strange mixture of pride and sadness.
10- First surf with the Surf Ears 2.0. Put the wash out strap over your head in case they fall out. Choose your custom setting (6 options) for your ears. Insert plugs and hardly notice that they are in. Forget about them. Go and surf with no worries.
I know all this to be true because this is exactly how I came across Surf Ears but with better knowledge and attention I could have saved myself a lot of pain, money and most importantly I would not have missed a single wave.
Buy yourself some Surf Ears 2.0. Don’t be tight. Just spend it and save future pain.