Those who have fallen in love completely with snowboarding or surfing, may wonder what might happen to them if they could never do it again. It's because both of these sports can be quite addictive. When you manage to 'master' the board and you feel that unique sensation of speed, freedom, going down on an immaculate, white slope, with beautiful fir woods around, and the great blue sky above, you can't help thanking God you're alive and able to enjoy such moments.
The only catastrophe that a passionate snowboarder may encounter, besides a terrible accident, would be some strange change of climate that will stop the snow from ever falling down again on those gorgeous peaks.
Getting to the Point
According to those who've tried both these extreme sports, the art of turning differs completely. Because of that, you are very likely to lose balance plenty of times. Then, if we are to consider the aspect of choosing the right wave, this might be the most difficult thing for any sport lover. While snowboarding, in order to evaluate the area properly, you have to think about the weather conditions, visibility, and the quality of light. It is highly recommended to have someone who's good at the sport with you, when you first get on a snowboard or a surfboard. Otherwise, you might be looking for trouble.
Surfing may seem safer, since there are many beaches with plenty of people and lifeguards around, as compared to the snow. Nonetheless, a seemingly dangerous temptation is awaiting those who have already mastered the footsteps of surfing. They might want to try some incredible waves, which can, unfortunately, slam them against the rocks or corals. This can still be prevented by asking for good advice from the experts, who are familiar with the best zones to surf.
So, each of these sports has its own advantages and disadvantages. Now, surfing may seem to be the lesser expensive sport here, but that is not entirely the case. To go snowboarding, you will have to shell out around USD 200 to USD 300 for a board, approximately USD 100 for binding, and another USD 100 for the gloves and goggles. Lift tickets can cost you anywhere between USD 20 and USD 50, depending on the location. As far as surfing is concerned, a decent board will cost around USD 500 and above. Another necessity is the suit, which will cost USD 300 and above. As for the rest, nature takes care of you. It's all about what you prefer - a good tan or cool mountain breeze.
And yes, you can take your iPod to enjoy some great tunes and have a soundtrack for your sportive activity. So, which of them is better? Which of them is more fun, safe, or more advisable to try? The answer is quite 'relative'.
Either way, the idea is to be ready to have an amazing and unforgettable time, take up risks, and remember how great it is to be alive! Be safe, play safe.