Anyways, I was changing out of my wetsuit the other day and something got me thinking. Two women were walking by and from the vibe I got, one was visiting while the other lived here. The visitor turned to her friend and said, “you should learn to surf.”
The other woman agreed and they continued on.
I couldn’t help but laugh because they made it sound like it was a cup of coffee you could just go pick up without a second thought. Spoiler alert: It’s not easy and telling someone they should learn to do it is pretty damn annoying.
While we’re on the subject, here are some common misconceptions about surfing that I’d like to clear up.
It’s just a sport
Surfing is way more than a sport. It’s a lifestyle, it’s a set of rules and it’s an amazing feeling. Learning to surf requires way more than physical know how. You have to learn surf etiquette, which involves knowing how to interact with other surfers. You need to be comfortable in the ocean and when to stay out of it. On days that are double overhead, I know that I have no business being out so I don’t go! You obviously have to know how to swim and what to do with your surfboard when a big set is coming.
It’s something you can learn on vacation
Hate to burst your bubble but it takes A LOT of time. I’ve been surfing for 17ish years and I still think I suck. Mind you everyone has good and bad days but it’s not something you can learn to do on a week long vacation. Learning the ins and outs of the tides and wave breaks etc… takes lots of staring at the ocean and being at the beach. Also, it’s the only sport where your forced to compete with people that are amazing. There are a limited number of beach breaks which means people have to surf together. Learn your place in the line up and try to avoid getting in people’s way.
It’s an amazing work outSure, it can be. But often times, you’ll wind up sitting for the majority of the session waiting for sets to come through. When you’re just learning it is an amazing work out but once you’re good enough at surfing, chances are you’ll need to add in some cardio into your routine to really get a great work out. It is a great work out for your shoulders and arms, though so that part is true. It’s also great for your mental health since you’re spending time outdoors away from the stresses of daily life.
Surfers are all beach bums
Mehhhh, they can be BUT the wide majority of surfers have respectable jobs and are valuable contributors to society. After all, the surf is usually the best in the morning or evening thanks to calmer winds which means people can surf before or after work.
If you’re serious about learning to surf, be on the lookout for some more blog posts on how!
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