The SIMBA Sentinel 1 is extremely lightweight, comfortable, and doesn’t hinder hearing, peripheral vision, or balance. A unique silhouette protects parts of the head specific to most water sport injuries – including the lower forehead, ears, jawlines, and cheeks – offering riders safer ocean experiences, and heightened confidence.
An idea paying reverence to the Ancient Warrior, the Sentinel 1 was developed to protect your face and head while minimizing bulk and vision issues. For the first time you feel as though you have nothing on your head.
Accidents happen in an instant, most often caused by a crash, bad decision or split-second action. Head trauma is the leading cause of injury for surfers. By far the number one surfing accident is being hit in the head with your own board, followed closely by being hit in the head by another surfer’s board. Most often, the results of head-related incidents include scalp or facial lacerations, concussions, nasal fractures, dental issues and perforated eardrums. And this stuff can happen in all types of conditions, not just while surfing big waves or shallow, challenging reefs.
Shelter from Wind, Water and Sun
Beyond impact protection, helmets help keep water and wind out of our ears. This helps prevent a very common medical problem known as Surfer’s Ear, a condition where extra bone forms as lumps grow in the ear canal. Exposure to cold water and wind—especially the combination of the two—accelerates this growth. Its prevalence among surfers is high, with studies saying up to 60–80% of surfers worldwide will experience some degree of Surfer’s Ear during their lifetime.
In a 2015 study from Bond University in Australia, surfers are three times more likely than non-surfers to get melanoma, the most serious strand of skin cancer. The ears, top of the head and forehead receive excessive sun exposure in those who surf regularly. Helmets can help offer another layer of protection in the prevention of skin cancer.
"Its not debatable: wearing a helmet makes surfing safer. If you're wearing a helmet, you're less likely to get injured by your board or the reef. Helmets prevent these often serious facial/head injuries."
Dr David Gunn - Chief of Emergency Medicine, Queens General Hospital
Wiping out and striking the sea bottom (coral reef, sand, rocks) are also common causes of injury. Once this happens, it compounds the risk of drowning resulting from a loss of consciousness.
A lightweight, low-profile helmet engineered specifically for the safety of surfers and water sports enthusiasts. The Sentinel 1’s technically advanced design provides high-level impact protection with optimum aquadynamic performance.
- Removable Halo fit pads - Advanced foam lining fit system allows for custom sizing
- Impact-resistant shell - designed to protect the skull and face from surf injuries
- Advanced ear protection system - Helps prevent aural trauma and surfers ear (exostosis)
- Innovative layer tech padding - Water-resistant pad system reduces, absorbs, and deflects impact energy.
- Low Profile shell and cut out - offers optimal peripheral vision and low drag
- Low profile chin strap - Ensures secure, comfortable positioning using non-corrosive, saltwater-resistant materials.
- Interior padding channel design - allow water to drain out quickly after submersion