Why You Should Get Into Surfing
One of the biggest roadblocks to a healthy lifestyle if boredom. Really – boredom keeps people from eating a strict diet of healthy foods. Boredom makes people tired of running on their treadmill or walking around the park. Exercise and proper diet are crucial to a healthy body and spirit, and yet they are so hard to maintain. Well, there is a way to spice up your exercise regimen, and while it may not make that salad taste any better, it can certainly get you excited about exercise. And that excitement is why you should get into surfing, or some other type of water-sport, there’s a huge selection of water-sports some in the sea, some on rivers.
Not Just For Beach Bums
It’s almost a comical stereotype these days to characterize surfers as beach bums. The reason it’s so funny is that just about anybody can surf, these days. What was once considered to be an extreme sport has revealed a gentler side – one that, while exhilarating, is not death defying as previously believed.
Surfing is not just for teenagers and young adults high on some chemical. Children, moms and dads, and senior citizens are all learning about the excitement of balancing on the most powerful element on earth and landing safely on shore. The ocean is huge and mysterious, and as you learn to balance on modest waves, you’ll come to feel as if the ocean is a living organism – the largest one on earth.
How Do You Do It?
So, how do you get into surfing? Believe it or not, surfing is not an inborn ability. That means that you can actually take lessons! These days, there are actually beginner surfboards for all ages. They are a little bit wider than some of the sport boards, so that it’s easier to keep your balance, yet they are narrow enough that you can lie on them and paddle out into the surf. They are adjusted in length so that you can learn to turn on the waves, without the board shooting out from under you.
You know all those images of surfers in a giant curl of aquamarine water, arms outstretched, with fingers skimming the inside of the waves? Yea, those are pros. You don’t have to put yourself under the pressure to reach those levels of performance. You can if you want to, of course, but for many, the exhilaration of actually standing up on the board is a satisfying accomplishment.
Excitement, Every Time!
If you can remember summer fun in the pool as a child, and the exhaustion and solid naps you would take when you got out of the water, you’ll love surfing. You’ll feel like a kid again, soaking up Vitamin D (wear sunscreen, of course) and paddling out onto the vast ocean, then gliding back to shore on the surf. There are so many different levels of accomplishment to surfing that you’ll never grow bored with it. And, talk about a workout! If you live near the beach, you are cheating yourself if you never learn how to surf. Give it a try!
Ed Brooke loves surfing and everything to do with it. When he isn’t going on beach holidays or surfing in the UK you can usually find him at his lo cal surf shop, Zumajay in Cornwall.