Surfing is a passion for many and a way of life for some. It’s one of the most challenging extreme sports because it requires a strong mind and body to tackle the waves successfully. However, it is also one of the easiest sports to get started with as a beginner because the only equipment you need is a board and a wetsuit, which can be hired from popular surfing destinations. Here are some of the skills which surfing will teach you.
Confidence and Self-Belief
Heading out on surf board can be a leap of faith for people who haven’t tried the sport before. Even the most competent swimmer may be uncertain of what to expect when they first begin surfing. It’s likely you’ll fall more than once but learning to surf will teach you to have confidence in yourself. Of course, mastering the technique is important but you need to be able to trust yourself when you are heading out into the ocean to chase the waves. Without self-belief you won’t get very far!
When you first start any new sport you aren’t going to be an expert. But because surfing requires such good balance and technique to prevent you from falling in it can be harder to find the motivation to keep going. Learning to surf will teach you that being determined pays off, nothing beats the satisfaction of feeling yourself improving as you manage to successfully catch waves again and again. This is a skill which you can apply to all areas of your life, helping you to drive forwards and keep practicing to get better at something.
One of the key elements of surfing well is being able to make a split second decision. When you decide to go after a wave you have to commit fully to that decision or it’s likely that you’ll fall off. Learning to react quickly and commit to your decisions is an essential skill which can be applied to a number of everyday situations- from driving a car to managing a workforce. Surfing will teach you that hesitation doesn’t pay off and can even get you into a troublesome situation.
Surfing is just as much about creativity as it is about skill and technique. When you learn to surf you have to learn to go with the flow of the ocean and adapt to it accordingly. Sometimes this can require you to think a bit creatively in order to tackle the wave successfully. Usually, this is a skill which experienced surfers pick up over time, so don’t worry if you aren’t able to adapt your surfing style quickly as a beginner.
Quality Over Quantity
It’s not about how many waves you chase but how well you surf them. You can surf up to 20 different waves in a day but if you are only surfing them in a mediocre way you won’t get the same thrill. That’s why you should let some waves pass and focus on those which you can deliver your best performance on instead.