7 Reasons to Ride the Waves and Learn to Surf
Picture this. The sun’s shining, the palm trees are swaying, and you’re riding your first ever wave over the crystal clear Caribbean water. There’s no doubt about it, nothing beats surfing!
In addition to having fun and embracing a new challenge, surfing comes with a whole host of other benefits. From improved fitness and better core strength to reducing stress and encouraging you to get outdoors, what’s not to like?
Regardless of age or ability, it’s never too late to learn to surf. You’ll learn to trust yourself and your instincts like never before. We’ve rounded up 7 ways of how surfing will help you live life to the fullest.
Read on to learn more!
You’re Going to Get a Whole Lot Fitter When You Learn To Surf
Surfing comes with many physical health benefits, which is great news for all of you looking to get fitter. In fact, surfing is the perfect combination of strength and cardio training.
When you learn to surf, you’ll be doing a lot of paddling to get used to the board and feeling of the water below. Although this can be a little tiring at first, it’s a killer cardiovascular workout. You’ll have some pretty toned arms by the end of your holiday, that’s for sure.
Your shoulders and back are also going to get stronger and stronger every time you paddle out to catch a wave.
Every element of surfing pushes your strength, agility, balance, and stamina.
Once you’ve learned to pop up on the board (you’ll get there, trust us), your legs and core are going to be working to keep your body balanced and standing upright. That feeling when you’re riding your first wave – however short that moment may be – is something you’ll never forget.
You’re Going to Feel Happier and More ‘Present’
Surfing is a fantastic outlet for releasing stress and tension.
The endorphin’s released through physical activity provide a natural happiness high and immediately make you feel better about the world.
A study of 107 surfers in California investigated the mental health benefits of surfing by asking them to describe how they felt before and after a session. They reported feeling calmer and more tranquil afterwards.
When you’re surfing, there are no distractions of modern life. It’s just you, the water and your board.
Taking on a New Challenge Is Good for the Mind, Body, and Soul
Eleanor Roosevelt famously said: “Do one thing every day that scares you.”
When we learn a new skill or sport, we’re challenging our mind, body, and soul. And when we are faced with something new, we have to work that much harder to get it right. When we achieve our goal, the reward is that much sweeter.
Remember when you learned to ride a bike? It doesn’t come immediately, but before you know it, you’ve got the hang of it! It’s the same with surfing. One day it will click, and you’ll wonder why you’ve taken so long to give it a go.
You’ll Learn More About Yourself
It takes courage to leave your comfort zone behind and connect with something bigger than yourself. Venturing out into the open waves for the first time can seem daunting and alien. But trust us when we say that you will learn more about yourself in an hour learning to surf than you will by lying on the beach trying to get a tan.
You could surprise yourself with your patience, determination, and love for the ocean. Nobody is perfect and learning to surf encourages you to push through fear and doubt.
As in all parts of life, continuous effort and a positive attitude can take you anywhere.
You’ll Meet New People
For many people, surfing isn’t just a sport but a way of life. In fact, surfing is one of the oldest sports on earth and is thought to have originated in Polynesia in 2000 B.C.
Out of a sport marked by salty hair, sandy toes, and colourful boards, a major subculture has emerged. From surf art, surf tourism, and international contests, surfing has captured hearts across the globe.
When you learn to surf, you’ll inevitably meet new people, make new friends and experience the culture of the sport.
Getting Outdoors Is Always A Good Idea
Getting close to nature and really enjoying the natural environment around us is something we should all prioritise. Those who surf often speak of the feeling of overwhelming freedom when they are in the water.
When we’re outdoors, we gain perspective on life. Even when you’re in the beginning stages of learning to surf, you’ll be immersed in the rhythms of the ocean and the great outdoors.
It’s Never Too Late To Learn A New Skill
Nobody wants to reach 80 and think “I wish I done X, Y, and Z.” If learning to surf is on your bucket list, why not get ticking?
And you don’t have to be 21 to learn to surf either!
One British man, Paul, learned to surf when he was 61 years old and hasn’t looked back since.
“It’s opened up a new dimension in my life. A feeling of freedom. You’re basically on your own, on your surfboard in the sea…one to one,” Paul said.
Staying fit and active is always beneficial, but when you’re outside doing something you love and learning a new skill in the process, it feels that much more rewarding.
When you learn to surf, you’re taking part in an activity that offers major physical and mental benefits. All in all, the benefits of surfing are seemingly endless.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your Caribbean surf holiday now!
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