Not That You Really Need Any Convincing At All.
You work harder than a one-legged Sherpa during climbing season in the Himalayas. So you decide to tell your non-surfing boss that you need some time off to go surfing—like a boss.
Your boss responds, “If I give you time off to go surfing, then I’d have to give everyone in the office time off.”
You say, “Sounds like communism.”
Aside from being worth losing your job over, surfing is beneficial to the mind, body, and soul plus can take you to some of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Here are 10 reasons why you should (maybe not quit your job, but definitely) take a much-needed surf trip.
1. LOCAL BREAKS ARE CROWDED. Take a trip in the offseason and surf uncrowded waves. Unless you are Brodus Rogers who said, “Surfing in crowds is mind over matter. If I don’t mind it don’t matter.” then you probably would prefer to find a peak to yourself. (Note: wonder if Brodus had any surf etiquette at all?)
2. TAKE A BREAK FROM THE 9 TO 5 RATRACE. Score some epic surf with a good plan. A travel company with a solid reputation like Raw.surf can help you plan your trip.
3. SURFING IS A GREAT EXCUSE TO TRAVEL. While traveling, learn about other cultures through experience.
4. ADVENTURE. Take side excursions to local volcanoes, waterfalls, street festivals, fishing spots, etc. Explore the corner of the world you find yourself in and learn to appreciate whatever country for more than just warm water and perfect waves.
5. OVERCOME YOUR FEAR. Challenge yourself to become a better surfer. Return to your home break a more confident shredder.
“Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear.” -Buzzy Trent
6. MEET INTERESTING, LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE (surfers, travelers) and broaden your horizons. Make friends from around the world.
7. WARM WATER ESCAPE. Surf in 80-degree water near the equator and leave the yeasty wetsuit soaking in “piss-off” shampoo at home. Life really is better in boardshorts and bikinis.
8.GET FIT. Surfing is a total, physical exercise, a harmonious blend of cardio, strength training, and unbridled fun.
“Waves are toys from God.” -Clay Marzo
9. DISCONNECT WITH THE DAILY PRESSURES OF LIFE and reconnect with that from which all life originated—Mother Ocean. Being in nature is scientifically proven to reduce stress levels and produce happy hormones like serotonin, adrenalin, and oxytocin.
10. BEACH DAYS. All of that surfing ought to have you looking and feeling your best, now bask in the hot sun, tan, and revel in your own surf glory. Good thing you quit your job because you’re never going to want to leave. Home is where the waves are.
David Walden is the editor of THEWALDENWORD.COM
A California native he grew up surfing in Santa Cruz and has traveled to Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
He currently surfs and writes in Oceanside, CA.
Great post ????
Thank you for reading! Hopefully you’ll share it with a friend ????????
Surfing in 95° weather with 80° water sounds like a dream! Fun read, like always ????????????????
Thanks KK! Let’s go on a surfing adventure soon!
Great list! I always wanted to learn to surf and you’re totally giving me that kick to do so 🙂
Surfing will drastically change your life, don’t do it! Haha
Before you know it you’ll be rearranging your career, personal relationships, and all of your obligations in life just so you have more time to paddle out and surf everyday! ????????????
Beware: surf will consume you!! ???????????
Thank you so much for following my blog.
I look forward to reading more of your work.
Thank you! I’m constantly reinventing and changing my habits!
I am too. It’s an ongoing process that continues as long as we live.
“Waves are toys from God”… isn’t that a beautiful truth! Fun article, makes me wanna get going on an adventure!
We’ll then, get goingCindy! ???? haha I originally wrote this as a guest blog for a travel company called, Raw.Surf…perhaps they can help you on your next adventure! ???????? Thanks for reading!
While I am not a surfer, I still enjoyed reading about the 10 reasons. I appreciate you following my writing, and I will be back to check out more of yours. Surf’s up!
Great surf shots and post. I love photographing surfers in California. 🙂
Thanks Jane Laurie! Your photos are rad.
Love the photos! Great post.