Blog Post Author: Calvin Hollingsworth
Picture this in your mind’s eye. The weather conditions are perfect. There is not a cloud in the sky with a cool gentle breeze when you leave your house. You check on your phone the weather conditions and find out that it is the perfect day to go to the beach to go surf. You run to the beach catch a few solid swells, and be stoked on life. This is what surfing is all about, the pursuit of getting the perfect wave and having fun while you do it.
Surfing has been the most popular ocean sport for a very long time. Even though I am not a surfer, I have always loved the surfing culture. Most of the people I know who surf are some of the nicest and most relaxed human beings I have ever met. They give off this persona that they don’t have a care in the world and are stress-free. All of my brothers are huge into surfing and even my sisters have gotten into it in recent years. My brothers watch every pro surfing competition and know pretty much every professional surfer like the back of their hand.
I have asked many people that I know what is it about surfing that is so addictive? Is it catching the best wave of the day? Is it being with your best friends and enjoying each other’s company in between wave sets? What is it that gets you so pumped to surf? The response has a very common theme with everyone I have asked and it is this. It is a way for them to be one with the ocean and to have a brief escape from reality and the stresses of life. It is deeply therapeutic and will boost your mental health. These are some of the reasons why I love the overall ethos of the sport!
Think about it. Even if you are with friends, you still have plenty of alone time waiting for the next set to roll in. You are deep in your own thoughts, often in self-reflection. You experience this euphoric high being in the ocean and enjoying the nature around you. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of some dolphins joining you in catching some waves. Plus, you’re getting one of the best forms of exercise. There is no wonder why this sport is so popular and beloved by people throughout the world, whether they surf or not.
Surfing is a great recreational sport. The wonderful thing is that it doesn’t matter your skill level. You could be a professional surfer or it can be your first time and you still will have an absolute blast. No one will laugh or judge you, they usually are so stoked to see you catch your first wave. You will get an insane cardio and full-body workout which is also a huge plus. And when the weather conditions are just right, you will be able to have an adventure that you will never forget which will keep you wanting more. So what are you waiting for? Find a beach, rent a board, and learn how to surf. You won’t regret it.