Next up in our ‘Best surfing advice you’ve ever been given’ series is one that I always forget to remember… Fortunately I’ve been reminded of it a lot lately, usually while I’m trying to convince myself, rather unconvincingly, that I should go surfing.
Go surfing, no matter what.
Seems simple enough, but think about the number of times you’ve talked yourself out of going surfing… because you had a rubbish surf last time… the waves are a little bigger, or a little messier than you’d like… because it’s 2ft onshore slop, it’s a bank holiday and it’s sunny so there’ll be five hundred people in the water… because you’re tired… you’ve got a cold coming… you really should be doing the housework/homework/recycling.
We’re our own worst enemies
It’s funny isn’t it, we all love to surf, but usually after we’ve had a not-great surf, our confidence wanes and we get into this vicious cycle of not wanting to go. But you have to put in the hours in the water to get better and the only way you’ll ever have a great surf is to go surfing.
It goes back to what my surf instructor in Fuerteventura told me about having to catch hundreds of white water waves to learn to pop up before I could get out back. And as Kelly Slater famously said…
“Your surfing can get better at every turn, on every wave you catch”
So the more waves you catch, no matter how shitty they are, the more you learn and the better at surfing you get.
- We all have rubbish surf days – don’t let that put you off because your next surf could be awesome.
- If it’s looking a bit big and scary, is there another beach you can go to that’s more sheltered and smaller. Or are there any reforms, or can you practice your pop up in the white water?
- If you waited for perfect conditions, you’d never go surfing, ever.
Massive thanks to the girls from Kelly Says Surf for reminding me of this, and then Andrew from Surfer Dad who reminded me again (and also led to me having a great surf yesterday because I actually remembered to take his advice!). Go check out both of their websites and say hi!
And if you’re ever unsure about whether you should go, check this website… shouldigosurfing.com
And if you’re still not convinced, check this one out for some extra motivational tips that’ll make you feel like a hero!