1 : Connecting With The Ocean
- Establish your motivation and goals in why you want to surf.
- Feel more confident in your current capabilities.
- Understand how to be patient, present, and grateful throughout learning and your surfing journey.
Everyone’s motivations for surfing are different. For some people surfing is a way of life, and for others, it’s a goal or bucket list item. Whatever your goals are, learning to surf is not an easy path. The nature of the ocean is complex and dynamic, which is ultimately what makes surfing fun and exciting but can also be challenging for beginners. It takes time, patience, dedication, and a love for the ocean. However, the rewards of establishing a lifelong relationship with the ocean are truly boundless.
Think about some of the reasons why you want to surf. What are your goals? How much time do you have to dedicate to progressing your surfing?
Surfing is unlike any other sport or hobby in that we are connected with the ocean’s energy– a force much more powerful and greater than ourselves. Riding a wave, we get to experience the energy that has traveled across thousands of miles of ocean, and just before it hits the shore we have an incredible opportunity to tap into this energy by riding a wave.
Surfing is a dance, moving with the rhythm of the ocean. It’s a form of expression that is unique to everyone, as no wave is ever the same. The ocean is constantly changing with different tides, winds, and swell directions. Surfing can be fun and exciting, but it can also be powerful and humbling, or peaceful and healing. You will learn the many moods of the sea, and the ocean will teach you to be patient, live in the present, and overcome your fears.
If you are trying to get over the learning curve or are in a surfing slump, unable to progress and connect with the waves, try reframing your mindset and focus on gratitude. Take time to slow down and appreciate your connection with the ocean and the gift that surfing is. Learn to listen to the ocean and let it guide you. Let go of whatever thoughts, fears, or mental blocks you may have towards surfing and really embrace your learning curve. Rid yourself of the constraints of self consciousness and expectations, and instead immerse yourself in the FLOW of the ocean’s rhythm.