Surfing Quotes for Wild Spirits that Love the Sea

These surfing quotes describe the pure joy and natural exhilaration of surfing.

Whether you are starting out or are a seasoned sea dog, then these surfing quotes are for you.

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From the cold, clear waters of the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland, to the smooth lolling swells of Castle Point in New Zealand, the perspectives below outline the ways that surfing changes lives, connects us with the natural world and teaches us new lessons.

SURFING QUOTES

“Surfing’s a more profound kind of sport than it looks. When you surf, you learn not to fight the power of nature, even if it gets violent.”

– Haruki Murakami

“Go strip off your clothes that are a nuisance in this mellow clime. Get in and wrestle with the sea; wing your heels with the skill and power that reside in you, hit the sea’s breakers, master them, and ride upon their backs as a king should.”

– Jack London

“Sometimes in the morning, when it’s a good surf, I go out there, and I don’t feel like it’s a bad world.”

– Kary Mullis

“The only one whom can whisper to you the ways of the surf, is the wind.”

– Wilhelm Sverdvik

“One of the greatest things about the sport of surfing is that you need only three things: your body, a surf-board, and a wave.”

– Naima Green

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“It’s not tragic to die doing something you love.”

– Mark Foo

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“I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it’s almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time.”

– Kelly Slater

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

– John Kabat-Zinn

“Surfing’s the source. Can change your life. Swear to God.”

– Bohdi

“If in doubt, paddle out.”

– Nat Young

“Thank God for a few free waves.”

– Miki Dora

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“The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.”

– Phil Edwards

“Wiping out is an underappreciated skill.”

– Laird Hamilton

“Surfing for me is more than my lifestyle; it’s my passion, my love, and it’s a part of me.”

– Laird Hamilton

“Your surfing can get better on every turn, on every wave you catch. Learn to read the ocean better. A big part of my success has been wave knowledge.”

– Kelly Slater

“If you’re having a bad day, catch a wave.”

– Frosty Hesson

Ocean Quotes

“I surf to get a tan.”

– Shane Dorian

“I’m just a surfer who wanted to build something that would allow me to surf longer.”

– Jack O’Neill

“Never drive away from good surf”

– Roger Sharp

“When the surfs up, your life is too”

– Wilhelm Sverdvik

“Waves are toys from God”

– Clay Marzo

“If there was no such thing as barrels I probably wouldn’t even surf.”

– Clay Marzo

“There are a million ways to surf, and as long as you’re smiling, you’re doing it right.”

– Unknown

“Big waves aren’t measured in feet, but in increments of fear.”

– Buzzy Trent

“Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you’ve done it.”

– Paul Strauch

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“Surfing, alone among sports, generates laughter at its very suggestion, and this is because it turns not a skill into an art, but an inexplicable and useless urge into a vital way of life.”

– Matt Warshaw

“Tell the teacher we’re surfin’.”

– The Beach Boys

“Live to surf, surf to live.”

– Mike Doyle

“Out of the water, I am nothing.”

– Duke Kahanamoku

“Surfing is the most blissful experience you can have on this planet, a taste of heaven.”

– John McCarthy

“There is not one right way to ride a wave.”

– Jamie O’Brien

“Sliding a wave removes our brains out of the ordinary and slips us into the extra ordinary of being there now. No more worries about mortgages or strife of being poor or rich.

When you enter the domain of an ocean cylinder, that moment, those split seconds belong to the Zen part of just being. Period.”

– Bill Hamilton

“My passion for surfing was more than my fear of sharks.”

– Bethany Hamilton

“We’re all equal before a wave.”

– Bethany Hamilton

“Surfing is attitude dancing.”

– Gerry Lopez

“Surfing soothes me, it’s always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I’m on a wave.”

– Paul Walker

“There is nothing, nothing, sadder than a surfer who used to surf.”

– Unknown

“What I love the most about surfing is that it’s my first love. It’s the first thing I can remember being consumed by.”

– Stephanie Gilmore

“The joy of surfing is so many things combined, from the physical exertion of it, to the challenge of it, to the mental side of the sport.”

Surfer in water
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– Kelly Slater

“Surfing to me is like playing music. You play different melodies with different boards.”

– Skip Frye

“Being spat out of one of those giant, roaring Hawaiian tubes is the most amazing sensation I’ve ever experienced in my life. It’s joy, fear and accomplishment all rolled into one experience.”

– Shaun Tomson

“Foam is your friend. Don’t be scared of it. A little bit of extra foam here and there is good for the soul, and your surfing.”

– Rob Machado

“Style is a natural extension of who you are as a person.”

– Mark Richards

“I don’t need sponsors. I surf better when I’m broke anyway.”

– Dave Parmenter

“I try changing my surfing, which is the absolute worst thing you can do. Everyone surfs their own way. If I try to surf like someone else I look like a dork.”

– Andy Irons

“When the surfs up, your life is too.”

– Wilhelm Sverdvik

“The three most important things in life: surf, surf, surf.”

Jack O’Neill

“Surfing is almost a way to fly.”

– Jeff Hakman

“As for my own surfing, let’s just say that when the waves start pushing 10 feet, I get this tremendous urge to make a sandwich.”

– Bruce Jenkins

“Surfing is such an amazing concept. You’re taking on Nature with a little stick and saying, ‘I’m gonna ride you!’ And a lot of times Nature says, ‘No you’re not!’ and crashes you to the bottom.”

– Jolene Blalock

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Calm mind

“Surfing leads you through life, especially when you’re young and with hope in your heart.”

– Tom Blake

“I don’t want to be connected with surfing in a business way. I’d like to be a plumber.”

– Butch Van Artsdalen

“There’s an independence to surfing, it’s just you and the ocean. There aren’t a bunch of rules.”

– Lee Clow

“Surfing to me is like playing music. You play different melodies with different boards.”

– Skip Frye

“Surfing frees everything up, it’s just the best soul fix. Life should be stress-free, and that’s what surfing is all about. It’s something you do in your sleep, with your eyes closed; it’s something you’ll constantly embrace and be passionate about, and whatever it takes, you’re gonna do it, because nothing else in the world can give you that kind of self-esteem.”

– Rell Sunn

“Surfing is a secret garden, not easily entered. My memory of learning a spot, of coming to know and understand a wave, is usually inseparable from the friend with whom I tried to climb its walls.”

– William Finnegan

“Sliding a wave removes our brains out of the ordinary and slips us into the extra ordinary of being there now. No more worries about mortgages or strife of being poor or rich. When you enter the domain of an ocean cylinder, that moment, those split seconds belong to the Zen part of just being. Period.”

– Bill Hamilton

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