Surfing for Everyone :)
While my last two posts shared the beauty of surfing, its health benefits, warm ups, some cool surf training exercises, what is it that connects ocean lovers and marine conservation; this post explores how people from all ages and fitness levels are taking on this beautiful sport, Surfing.
During the last decades or so many people have been taking on surfing, from little toddlers to 60, 70 , 80 years old ladies and gents. I think is awesome that you can be sitting out there waiting for a wave next to people from different walks of life such as doctors, teachers, students, engineers, travellers, business guys and plumbers to name a few. We could perhaps have many differences in nationalities, race, political mindset or religion but we all have one thing in common and this is the love we have towards surfing and the ocean. It is great to see how this amazing movement is changing the perspective towards surfing around the globe.
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to chat with a couple of surfers at the Rip Curl Shop in Narrabeen NSW. I was looking forward to get some thoughts and ideas on people's individual preferences for surfing, the type of boards and waves they like to surf, season preference and favourite surfing destinations. Also, I was keen to know about the joy and difficulties of learning to surf.
Among this group of surfers was a lady in her late 60's who started surfing less than 10 years ago, she mentioned that she had to go through a couple of years of physiotherapy to recover from a back injury before taking on the waves, but she was very determined to learn and made it happen. After a couple of surf sessions she was able to stand on the board, describing it as a beautiful life changing experience. Inspiring! :)
"We are a lucky bunch" said a 68 years old longboarder. Thanks to the wide variety of surfboards we have these days, people have the choice to go for smaller size boards allowing a longboarder to surf with a shortboard wide and thick enough to get on the wave easy. One idea we all agreed was that, surfing is a way of life now more than ever and it's available to anyone who wants to give it a try.
I had the great opportunity of becoming an ASI level 1 surfing instructor last September 2016 and I have to say that the amount of gratification we receive as surf instructors is awesome, very special and beautiful. There is nothing better than to experience someone getting up on the board for the first time with a big smile :)
My passion for surfing has been shaping my life from an early age. Starting from a huge love for the ocean, the career I studied at Univ, the need to live by the beach hence where I currently live, the travel destinations I go, the clothes I like to wear, the movies I watch, the competitions I follow, the training I choose and more. Not to mention, all the peace, calm and focus I get every time I ride a wave. I won't be wrong by saying that this is a way of life for sure !
I truly encourage you to go for it, nearly everyone is surfing now, you just need some tuition and the will to learn, the swimming strength and all that will come after, don't worry. Surf instructors like myself are always very keen to show you the easiest and safest way to start with this sport. One thing that you have to bear in mind if you're thinking on starting to learn this sport is not to be afraid of the ocean as it will eventually become your second home. Respect it, love it and you will be up for an awesome experience.
Are you ready to join this fun and healthy sport, would you like to feel more inspire? check out events like the Australian Open of Surfing taking place at Manly NSW this week. Check for surfing classes near home or in your next trip. You won't regret it, surfing can change your life as it changed mine.
Thanks a lot for reading guys, this is the last of this series of posts however I will come back very soon with more. In the meantime, I wish you health and love, all we need to live a fulfilling life by leaving a beautiful footprint in this world :)
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All the best,