Surfing can change lives. I know because it changed mine.
I was late to surfing and honestly wasn’t sold on it at first. It was cold (being from the UK), I didn’t like the beach and after catching my first whitewater wave I didn’t really see what all the fuss was about.
However, catching and dropping into my first unbroken wave at age 16 was a game changer. The feeling of dropping down and gliding along a smooth wall of water was on another level from what I’d previously experienced. Having the independence to travel only deepened the addiction and I became obsessed with researching new spots, cross-referencing charts and learning about ocean science.
There has long been a attitude that ‘surfing is a lifestyle not a sport’ or ‘you just need more time in the ocean’ to improve. Surfing is a lifestyle AND a sport and I’ve seen countless surfers who have spent a lifetime in the ocean stuck at the same plateau, yet never consider coaching. This is unheard of in most other sports and something I wanted to change. Why should surf lessons only be for beginners or elite level competitors? What about the other 80% of us?
Surfing gives us purpose, drive, a healthy lifestyle and a connection with nature. We can take it for granted once it becomes second nature but imagine how different your life would be without it. Treat your surfing to some coaching and I’m certain your sessions will begin to consist of less frustration and more enjoyment. After all, we surf because we enjoy it!