Not so long ago, pro surfers wore helmets at surf contests. Top surfers like Tom Carroll or Gary Elkerton wore protective headgear either competing at Pipeline or free surfing at G-Land. Lately, it seems that very few surfers still wear a helmet, even in death-defying conditions. So why has the surf helmet dropped off the radar? Aren’t surfers aware of the risks of head injury? Or are they just too cool to wear a helmet?
An Australian study about the perception of the need for protective headgear revealed that less than 2% of surfers wore a helmet on a regular basis. A large majority of respondents believed that it would alter their surfing performance. Only 38% take the risk of head trauma seriously.