100+ Amazing Surfing Quotes to Motivate You to Go Ahead Against Waves

100+ Amazing Surfing Quotes to Motivate You to Go Ahead Against Waves
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Tripboba.com - A board, waves, and bravery are the things you need if you want to do surfing. Indeed, surfing is a cool sport that might have ever been invented. The way you riding the waves and go into the tube bring a good awesome feeling, for you or people who watch it from the beach.

Moreover, life is like surfing. Every beach isn't the same, the location and every set of weather conditions determine how to grate and how good you're with the waves. That's why so many surfers really challenge themselves to conquer every wave they see.

Inside this article, Tripboba brings you lots of surfing quotes to motivate you to find the waves to be conquered, whether on the beach or in life.

Quotes About Surfing

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Check some of these surfing quotes to make you more understand about this amazing sport.

  • “You never really know what's coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drown in its monstrosity.” ― Alysha Speer

  • “Life is a lot like surfing… When you get caught in the impact zone, you’ve got to just get back up. Because you never know what may be over the next wave.” ― Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

  • “It was all balance. But then, she already knew that from surfing.” ― Eve Babitz

  • “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, Kafka on the Shore

  • “If you're having a bad day, catch a wave.” ― Frosty Hesson

  • “Surfing is kind of a good metaphor for the rest of life. The extremely good stuff - chocolate and great sex and weddings and hilarious jokes - fills a minute portion of an adult lifespan. The rest of life is the paddling: work, paying bills, flossing, getting sick, dying.” ― Jaimal Yogis

  • “Surfers have a perfection fetish. The perfect wave, etcetera. There is no such thing. Waves are not stationary objects in nature like roses or diamonds. They’re quick, violent events at the end of a long chain of storm action and ocean reaction. Even the most symmetrical breaks have quirks and a totally specific, local character, changing with every shift in tide and wind and swell.” ― William Finnegan, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

  • “I did not consider, even passingly, that I had a choice when it came to surfing. My enchantment would take me where it would.” ― William Finnegan,

  • “For most surfers, I think—for me, certainly—waves have a spooky duality. When you are absorbed in surfing them, they seem alive. They each have personalities, distinct and intricate, and quickly changing moods, to which you must react in the most intuitive, almost intimate way—too many people have likened riding waves to making love. And yet waves are of course not alive, not sentient, and the lover you reach to embrace may turn murderous without warning. It’s nothing personal. That self-disemboweling death wave on the inside bar is not bloody-minded. Thinking so is just reflex anthropomorphism. Wave love is a one-way street.” ― William Finnegan

  • “There is this classic thing about surfers as they grow up,' John McCarthy said one day. 'The adult surfer says, "Oh yeah, I got the wave and rode it all the way to the beach!" But when you talk to a five-year-old who has just surfed, he or she will say, "Oh, the wave picked me up and brought me the whole way to the beach.” ― Keith Duggan, Cliffs of Insanity

  • “For surfers, being tubed is like being reborn.” ― Robert Black

  • “But surfing always had this horizon, this fear line, that made it different from other things, certainly from other sports I knew. You could do it with friends, but when the waves got big, or you got into trouble, there never seemed to be anyone around.” ― William Finnegan, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

  • “The main thing you remember is the noise. All that water cascading around you sounds kind of brutal, kind of dangerous, but time has stopped, so all you do is try to hang on and hope that nature, the ocean, treats you well. I just recall seeing another surfer way down the beach, and then it was all over and I was out, and safe, going wow, wow, that was a gift from nature.” ― Robert Black

  • “Was 'surfing' even what I was doing? I chased waves instinctively, got appropriately stoked when it was good, got thoroughly immersed in working out the puzzle of a new spot. Still, peak moments were, by definition, few and far between. Most sessions were unremarkable. What was consistent was a certain serenity that followed a rigorous session. It was physical, this postsurf mood, but it had a distinct emotionality too. Sometimes it was mild elation. Often it was a pleasant melancholy. After particularly intense tubes or wipeouts, I felt a charged and wild inclination to weep, which could last for hours.” ― William Finnegan, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

  • “My father liked to tell a story about a day when I got discouraged. From the warmth of the car, he had been watching me flounder — I imagine him smoking his pipe, wearing a big fluffy fisherman’s sweater. I came in, my feet and knees bleeding, stumbling across the rocks, dropping my board, humiliated and exhausted. He told me to go back out and catch three more waves. I refused. He insisted. I could ride them on my knees if necessary, he said. I was furious. But I went back out and caught the waves, and in his version of the story, that was when I became a surfer. If he hadn’t made me go back out that day, I would have quit. He was sure of that.” ― William Finnegan, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

  • “You were required — this was essential, a matter of survival — to know your limits, both physical and emotional. But how could you know your limits unless you tested them? And if you failed the test? You were also required to stay calm if things went wrong. Panic was the first step, everybody said, to drowning.” ― William Finnegan, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

  • “The brainwaves we send out are the only ones others will surf back to our shores.‬” ― Curtis Tyrone Jones

  • “A word about bloody-mindedness. For most surfers, I think— for me, certainly—waves have a spooky duality. When you are absorbed in surfing them, they seem alive. They each have personalities, distinct and intricate, and quickly changing moods, to which you must react in the most intuitive, almost intimate I way—too many people have likened riding waves to making love. And yet waves are of course not alive, not sentient, and the lover you reach to embrace may turn murderous without warning. It's nothing personal. That self-disemboweling death wave on the inside bar is not bloody-minded, Thinking so is just reflex anthropomorphism. Wave love is a one-way street.” ― William Finnegan

Best Surfing Quotes

Best Surfing Quotes
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Here are some surfing quotes that will amaze you.

  • "The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun." - Phil Edwards

  • "If in doubt, paddle out." - Nat Young

  • "If you're having a bad day, catch a wave." - Frosty Hesson

  • "I surf to get a tan." - Shane Dorian

  • "Surfing is for life." - Bruce Jenkins

  • "One drop in is an accident, two is rude, three is a twatable offence." - Roger Sharp

  • "It's a culmination of your life of surfing when you turn and paddle in at Mavericks." - Jeff Clark

  • "Big waves aren't measured in feet, but in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

  • "Then, after I've gotten rid of Batman and Robin for good, I will rule the waves. Me, the Joker, king of the surf and all the surfers. Then, Gotham City! Later, the world!" - The Joker

  • "Surfing is not something you retire from." - SurfCareers.com

  • "Eddie would go." - Mark Foo

  • "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

  • "Surfing's the source. Can change your life. Swear to God." - Bohdi

  • "Thank God for a few free waves." - Miki Dora

  • "Honest to goodness it’s the absolute ultimate!" - Gidget

  • "Wiping out is an under appreciated skill." - Laird Hamilton

  • "I took off on a wave, went down the side, popped out the other end, and went, shit, I’m still alive!" - Greg Noll

  • "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 there was no such thing as barrels I probably wouldn't even surf." - Clay Marzo

  • "I could not help concluding this man had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and so smoothly by the sea." - Captain James Cook

  • "There are a million ways to surf, and as long as you’re smiling you’re doing it right." - Unknown

  • "Never drive away from good surf." - Roger Sharp

  • "Waves are toys from God" - Clay Marzo

  • "When the surfs up, your life is too" - Wilhelm Sverdvik

  • "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

  • "It’s a cakewalk, when you know how." - Gerry Lopez

Famous Surfing Quotes

Famous Surfing Quotes
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These surfing quotes below are famous, so you may have heard it before.

  • "100% pure adrenaline!" - Bodhi

  • "I've tried body surfing. It's nice." - Ziggy Marley

  • "I’m just a surfer who wanted to build something that would allow me to surf longer." - Jack O’Neill

  • "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

  • "It's funny, 'cause you think surfing is your whole life, but then when you make a family it seems like it's not at all." - Joel Parkinson

  • "I caught my first tube today... Sir." - Johnny Utah

  • "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

  • "Sliding a wave removes our brains out of the ordinary and slips us into the extraordinary 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

  • "Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you've done it." - Paul Strauch

  • "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

  • "A big wave is like a beautiful woman, exciting to look at and thrilling to ride." - Buzzy Trent

  • "Live to surf, surf to live." - Mike Doyle

  • "Tell the teacher we’re surfin’." - The Beach Boys

  • "Out of the water, I am nothing." - Duke Kahanamoku

  • "There is no one right way to ride a wave." - Jamie O'Brien

  • "Surfing in crowds is like mind over matter.  If I don’t mind it don’t matter." - Brodus Rogers

  • "You're sayin' the FBI's gonna pay me to learn to surf?" - Johnny Utah

  • "Surfing is the most blissful experience you can have on this planet, a taste of heaven." - John McCarthy

  • "My passion for surfing was more than my fear of sharks." - Bethany Hamilton

Inspirational Surfing Quotes

Inspirational Surfing Quotes
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Read some of these surfing quotes if you need some inspiration.

  • "Surfing is attitude dancing." - Gerry Lopez

  • "We're all equal before a wave." - Laird Hamilton

  • "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

  • "There is nothing, nothing, sadder than a surfer who used to surf." - Unknown

  • "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

  • "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf." - John Kabat-Zinn

  • "It's not tragic to die doing something you love." - Mark Foo

  • "I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it's almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time." - Kelly Slater

  • "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." - Kelly Slater

  • "It's like the mafia. Once you're in - your in. There's no getting out." - Kelly Slater

  • "I need the sea because it teaches me." - Pablo Neruda

  • "Surfing isn't just a sport, it's a way of life.

  • "Surfing's one of the few sports that you look ahead to see what's behind." - Laird Hamilton

  • "Surfing for me is more than my lifestyle; it's my passion, my love, and it's a part of me." - Bethany Hamilton

  • "If it swells, ride it!" - Unknown

  • "Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

  • "I don't need easy, I just need possible." - Bethany Hamilton

  • "You can take a surfer out of the surf, but you can not take surf out of surfer." - Bob McTavish

  • "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

Surfing Sayings and Quotes

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More surfing quotes and sayings are here.

  • "Surfing to me is like playing music. You play different melodies with different boards." - Skip Frye

  • "I’ve always thought surfing is a reflection of who you are." - Kelly Slater

  • "There’s an independence to surfing, it’s just you and the ocean. There aren’t a bunch of rules." - Lee Clow

  • "I feel really at home in the ocean; surfing is a huge part of who I am." - Easkey Britton

  • "Nobody gets to the end of their life and wishes they surfed less." - Bradley Hook, Surfing Life Waves

  • "The three most important things in life: surf, surf, surf.” ― Jack O’Neill

  • "Work to surf, surf to work!" - Andrew Cotton

  • "Surfing and Life hold parallels." - Elizabeth Salamanca-Brosig

  • "Feelings are much like waves. We can't stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf." - Jonatan Martensson

  • "Surfing is my philosophy 101." - Janne Robinson

  • "Just take your time, another comes. Let the other guys go, take another one." - Duke Kahanamoku

  • "Surf girls rip and they are hot." - Alana Blanchard

  • "The only person surfing comfortable in this cold water is Henry, and Henry is a seal." - The Endless Summer

  • "I'm grateful to be a part of the surfing lifestyle. I get to do what I love every day. I'm happy with the life that I have and the role surfing plays in it." - Rosy Hodge

  • "Surfing is simply the most fun I know how to have in this planet." - Antony Garrett

  • "Love is bigger than any tidal wave or fear." - Bethany Hamilton

  • "Surfing makes me happy so that's just what I plan on doing." - Alana Blanchard

  • "There is nothing, nothing sadder than a surfer who used to surf." - Unknown

  • "The biggest sin in the world would be if I lost my love for the ocean." - Laird Hamilton

  • "Each wave was perfect." - Endless Summer

  • "Ride the waves and go with the flow of life.” - Unknown

  • "Sand in my shower means I had a great day.” - Unknown

More than 100 surfing quotes are provided for you by Tripboba. We hope you will find your way to become a great surfer who loves the ocean, waves, and adrenaline. Or at least, you can face your enjoy your life, just like you enjoy the waves.


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