Since the release of Jaws together with media coverage of a range of shark attacks, allowing your child to surf can be very stressful. If your child was very interested in surfing and wanted to try the sport, would you let your child surf?
Depends on the age, say 13 up why not.
I can think of so many other things, they can do that are not what a parent would want.
Surfing is a wonderful sport....
As for sharks,well that is the risk, but we do not have as many attacks as one would think.
My younger brother surfs, he absolutely loves it. I think it's such a healthy and beautiful thing to do, even though I'm too scared to try it myself. He wants to teach my daughter (his niece). She is 8yrs old now, and I don't mind her learning as long as it's in a safe spot and he does not leave her side, but I wouldn't want her to do it on her own until she was in her teens. My brother started by body boarding in his early teens. I'd like it if she started out with that also.
Yes I would. I think learning to read the ocean, which is part of the surfing lessons is a great skill to have, especially if you live close to the sea. My son had surfing lessons when he was about 7. Although he has not really taken up surfing I would let him have more lessons if he wanted to.
Sure. Shark attacks are very rare. They'd be more likely to get hit by a car than eaten by a shark even if they surf. I'd just make sure they knew how to take proper safety precautions and got some lessons first.
i would let my children participate in every healthy activity, including surfing. They have to be careful even while riding a bike, so all precautions need to be taken before participating in an activity, but I wouldn't stop them from trying something new.