Seven Things Every Surfer Should Try
A philosopher might say that we are a sum of our experiences, and that philosopher might be onto something. What we see and what we do shapes how we see and how we do, which is always a good thing. So here you go: seven things every surfer needs to check.
#1 Make a Campervan Road Trip
Campervan road trips don’t run on gas — they run on unbridled freedom. It’s heeding the call of the open road and its maze of possibility, where every junction, twist, and turn can lead to new adventures. It’s the feeling of being self-sufficient and gloriously untethered, where an itinerary, route, or destination can literally change on a whim. It’s spending time with your fellow passengers and bonding out on the road — incubating relationships that just need a little air to grow. It’s finding small towns and getting lost and impromptu roadside stops, and cultivating cross-country memories you can carry with you for life.
#2 Make a Maldives Boat Trip
The experience of living on the boat—eating, sleeping, and waking up only a few feet from the lineup—is pretty unreal. Whether it is a board change, a snack, or even a quick nap, you are a momentary dingy ride, or even paddle to your room. The beauty and necessity of a boat trip is really made manifest in a place like the Maldives. There is just so much to see, and so much to surf. With so many islands, hosting so many great waves, you’ve got to be on the move if you want to see all, most, or at least some of what the Maldives has to offer. Staying on a boat is also a great way to spend a trip with your buddies.
#3 Get into Analog Photography
Surfers, by nature, have a very intimate understanding of the ocean and its ways. They know where a wave is going to break and how a wave is going to break. And if a good surfer is on that wave, they can predict just how he or she is going to flaunt that goodness. Couple that with a camera and a rudimentary understanding of analog photography and voila, you’ve got an A+ surf image.
#4 Go on a Night Surf Session
Romantic in theory and difficult in execution, night surfing is akin to visiting to Timbuktu — it lives on the fringe of that “just to say I did it” category. Still, you should in fact do it and you should even consider saying that you did it. All you need is a full moon, a clear sky, a shrouded fear of sharks and low expectations.
#5 Experience Fear
How much fun could life possibly offer if you only live it within the luxurious confines of personal partiality? Not much fun, we’d say. Drag those two feet out of that comfort zone for a moment and surf a wave that terrifies you. You’ll thank us later.
#6 Shape your own Board
Were you paying attention when your local shaper made you that magic board? Good, now it’s your turn. Even if you only spend an afternoon mutilating foam in your garage and never create a seaworthy design, you will at least develop a strong respect for what surfboard shapers do for a living.
#6 Get into Yoga
Learning Yoga will show you that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind, and how taking a holistic approach to your daily life can bring harmony to all that you do. So much can be achieved through learning yoga; we hope that you will be inspired to make it a part of your life.