Along the beach where Tim Gates (inset) surfed and died, the crowd honoured his memory on Saturday with his family.According to the article
Tim Gates was teaching nippers last January when he was dumped by a freak wave, hitting his head on the board. He was dragged from the surf, but never regained consciousness.Now "dumped by a freak wave" is not a very clear description on what was really happened. Perhaps it was something of a larger than expected wave -- that just shows waves, even in very shallow area, can cause severe harms and resulted in tragedy in this case.
I can not help thinking this case was all because he was "hitting his head on the board" would a helmet might possibly saved his life by any chance? Do surfers wear helmets?
I don't like mandatory regulations, never have. But if some advisory suggestions might be able to save some lives -- why not ?!