Traveling the world as a pro surfer may sound sweet, but surfers say there can be plenty of bummers too, the Los Angeles Times reports. The marathon flights are a drag, and on arrival the many hazards include malaria, stinging sea creatures, food poisoning—and, worst of all, lost surfboards.
Newcomers suffer the most, surfers agree. Pros gradually pick up experience on the road and get better at dealing with the pitfalls. "You've just got to get over that and still ride the wave," said US Open heat winner Chris Waring, who didn't let sickness keep him off the waves after flying to all the way to Australia to catch them.