There is a saying, “Once a Surfer Always a Surfer!” Is there a definition of a surfer? Are you a surfer? Would you like to become one?
Surfers don’t all have long blond hair like they were pictured in the movie Gidget. Surfers are from all walks of life. You can’t tell a surfer by looking at him or her, but you sure can tell by talking to them. They are tall, short, young, old, skinny, fat, high school dropouts, PHD’s, girls, guys, blacks, browns, Asians, Europeans, Brazilian, Australians, you name it and that’s what they are, Surfers!
What do surfers want most? For sure, it’s not a car, truck, fancy house, or fancy clothes. They want surf and they want a surfboard type to ride the surf because that is where they thrive. That is where they are at home and comfortable, in the water with waves and the perfect surfboard type for the waves. Surfers are most happy, paddling to catch a wave, standing on their surfboard shooting across the wave, making cutbacks, feeling the exhilaration and freedom from the speed and salt spray thrown up by their surfboard.
Surfers aren’t looking for fame or fortune, even though a lot of them have those things. Their driving force is the search for good waves. When you have good waves, you are rich; how simple, but how true.
Surfers learn to turn good waves into good vibes in life. This applies to kids in school, working adults, retired baby boomers and anyone who gets in the water on their surfboard, bodyboard, skimboard, SUP or any other surfing vehicle.
We are all surfing through life, but most of the population does not know or realize this. We should all take the surfing vibrations into everything we do. When you Surf Life, you are surfing good vibes, just like being on a wonderful fast moving wall of water called a wave. You feel the spirit of the wave or the vibe from it. This spirit permeates into whatever you are doing, whether it is driving on a freeway, dealing with a certain situation or working in your office. You develop freedom for stress and conflict. You turn everyday things into fun and excitement.
If you learn to take the ecstasy of surfing into your relationships, they become fun and special. Whether it is with your girlfriend, boyfriend, kids, or wife, things become pleasant and mellow.
I think that everyone wants happiness in their lives. One of the best ways is through surfing. Surfing brings happiness into the lives of millions around the world. Riding waves, hanging out on the beach with your friends, talking with them about your last surfing session, and taking these feelings into your everyday life is what the surfing lifestyle is all about.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you never had to put on a suit and tie again and you could go to work in your aloha shirt? Wouldn’t it be nice if you never had to wear shoes and you could just wear your flip flops, sandals or thongs every day? Well, this is what a lot of people do. They have taken the “surfing culture” and lifestyle and put it into their daily lives.
Surfers typically drive a truck, van or a vehicle with surfboard racks on the top. Most often, they will have their special surfboard with them so that when they get a break they can go to the beach, lake or body of water to do what they enjoy best. They have their towel and beach gear in their vehicle. Can you picture yourself living like this? Do you think that the stress levels will be less if you apply these attitudes and principles?
Many surfers also carry a small little musical instrument around with them called the ukulele. This is an instrument that is easy to play and most everyone can learn to play it in a very short period of time. There is nothing like sitting around in your living room or on the beach, either by yourself or with your friends, playing your uke and singing songs. This is a part of the surfing lifestyle. What a joy!
So my friends, you can see that living the surfing lifestyle is a way to change your life and a way to bring happiness into every part of your life. Do it! Surf Life forever!