How surfing and contact with the ocean affects your health is a topic that is rarely discussed with adequate depth. The possible benefits far outweigh the risks.
Some of the more prominent benefits of surfing are general fitness, muscular development, cardiovascular conditioning, acne treatment, general skin health, hair growth, and many others.
These benefits can essentially be split into two categories. The effects of being active and The effect of being in the ocean.
We all understand the benefits of general fitness and activity, but most people don't realize how great seawater is for skin care, acne prevention and treatment, hair growth and health.
Most of the downsides are the result of exposure to contaminated water, exposure to solar radiation, and dehydration. These negatives are easily avoided.
Stay healthy! Surf your entire life!