Although many of the surfcasting pictures I have , show me in waders....rarely do I have my belt on ...etc. The reason for that is because I know my fishing grounds very well and they consist mainly of sand bars.....which DO NOT PRESENT AS MUCH DANGER as other surfcasting haunts. People have died from surfcasting...........alot of the years of this ancient sport. The ocean is not forgiving. Rocks can crack your head open and are like oiled floors when breakers break over you. Undertow can suck you down and the next wave can keep you there. Add to it the fact that much of this is done at night and the danger can be foreboding. But that's why we like it! None the less, don't be a fool. When you don't fish sand bars...and use piers and rocks etc, in my opinion the single most important piece of equipment for safety .................KORKERS. If you don't fish sand.....get them. Even slight slips ruin your equipment and elbows!!. Please remember safety. Encourage your friends to do the same. Wear korkers for a great grip....Wear your belt for a few valuable seconds when you go in, Have a PFD on, when you ARE in....and a water proof light to aid in assistance etc. BE CAREFUL. We have all been banged around as surfcasters........Bruises make for good stories..........Obituaries don't!!!!!