If you haven’t tried surfing yet, there are many compelling reasons why you should. When you finally try it, you might even catch the surfing bug and continue to progress in the sport. Read the reasons below, and you’ll be compelled to surf.
1. Surfing is Great Exercise!
When you’re out on the waves surfing, you’ll use every body part. You might even discover muscles that you didn’t even know existed. You’ll benefit from surfing by gaining muscle tone and strength. In addition to these advantages, surfing is an aerobic activity that will allow you to exercise your heart and lungs. Surfing is so fun that it doesn’t feel like exercise. Afterward, you’ll realize it was a workout, but the pain from working out is a good pain, which means that you had an excellent surf session.
2. Surfing is Fun, Fun, Fun
One of the reasons that you won’t realize that you’re exercising when surfing is because you’re having a good time. The enjoyable atmosphere that includes the sunshine, the beach, and warm water adds to the fun. Although learning to surf can be frustrating because it takes practice to hone the skill of surfing, those frustrating moments are overshadowed by all of the fun moments you’ll experience. When you finally ride a great wave, you’ll realize that all of the frustrating moments were necessary to get you to that one epic moment.
3. You’ll Get to Spend Time With Family and Friends
Learning to surf with your loved ones is an experience that creates special bonds. Surf camps offer group surf classes where you get to train with experienced surfers and have fun while learning with your friends and family. Lessons vary based on surf level, so you can also move on to higher level lessons as you learn to surf.
4. You Can Go On Surf Vacations
The great thing about surfing is it’s an activity that you can practice in many different places. So if you’re planning a vacation and the destination has an ocean, you can probably surf there! However, surfing isn’t just a sport for the ocean. It’s rare to surf in these bodies of water, but if it’s possible, you can surf in lakes, rivers, and some places have wave parks. There’s always somewhere in the world where you can surf, no matter what time of the year.
5. You’ll Feel Great Personal Achievement
When you start to learn how to surf, it’s going to be hard. There will be times that you will be frustrated and overwhelmed, but these times will be humbling experiences as you wash out from time to time. If you practice enough and can persevere through these hard moments of surfing, then you’ll be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment. Hard work does pay off.
6. Surfing Exercises The Mind
Surfing is an individual sport, which means it’s just you and the wave. Surfing is like meditation and even therapy for some as they paddle up to the wave and find themselves on top of a natural element, a wave. Some see it as an opportunity to do something outside of their comfort zones and conquer fears. Depending on how it turns out for you, surfing will be much more than just catching a wave.
7. You’ll Learn More Than How To Surf
With excellent surf instructors, you can learn so much more than just how to catch a wave and how to paddle. You will learn things about the ocean you might not have known before, like tides, swells, and types of surf breaks, and will make you more aware of the ocean as you become more experienced in surfing. Surfing has its history and culture, so learning about this and becoming part of the culture will be one of your highlights of becoming a surfer.
As you learn how to surf, you’ll feel self-satisfaction as you persevere through challenging surf sessions. You'll also fee a part of the community as you gain experience and even form bonds with other surfers.