Surfing quotes

Surfing quotes by topic: Surfers, Life and surfing, Wave and surfing, Surfing features, Attitude to surfing, Skateboarding and surfing, Motivation and surfing, Zen and surfing, Sports and surfing, Nature and surfing, Joy and surfing, Women and surfing, Travel and surfing, Bodyboarding and surfing, Love and surfing, Death and surfing, Internet and surfing, Dance and surfing, etc.


Out of the water, I am nothing. (Duke Kahanamoku)

I’ve committed to surfing the rest of my life. (Lance Armstrong)

It’s like the mafia. Once you’re in — you’re in. There’s no getting out. (Kelly Slater)

You can take a surfer out of the surf, but you can not take surf out of the surfer. (Bob McTavish)

Anyone who says they aren’t a surfer just doesn’t know they’re wrong. (Luca E. Brück)

I surf to get tan. (Shane Dorian)

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

The energy that moves across the ocean connects all surfers who ride it. (Shaun Tomson)

Dudes, you are unlikely to get any truths from me. I only know that a real surfer does not go where two-foot waves. A real surfer needs ten feet. (Joaquin Phoenix)

Where but the moment before was only the wide desolation and invincible roar, is now a man, erect, full-statured, not struggling frantically in that wild movement, not buried and crushed and buffeted by those mighty monsters, but standing above them all, calm and superb, poised on the giddy summit … and he is flying through the air, flying forward, flying fast as the surge on which he stands. He is a Mercury — a brown Mercury. His heels are winged, and in them is the swiftness of the sea. (Jack London)

Life and surfing

Surfing is life. (Bruce Jenkins)

Live to surf, surf to live. (Mike Doyle)

Life’s just better when you add surfing to it. (Ben Marcus)

When the surfs up, your life is too. (Wilhelm Sverdvik)

Surfing is for life. (Bruce Jenkins)

It’s funny, ’cause you think surfing is your whole life, but then when you make a family and it seems like it’s not at all. (Joel Parkinson)

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. But when life hands you hurricanes, you go surfing. (Jon Foreman)

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)

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 leads you through life, especially when you’re young and with hope in your heart. (Tom Blake)

I learned that surfing is also based on the pursuit of those few seconds when life stops and you’re standing on top of the ocean. (Beth Feher)

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)

Wave and surfing

We’re all equal before a wave. (Laird Hamilton)

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. (John Kabat-Zinn)

A wave isn’t like a skate ramp or mountain; everything’s moving around, and you have to time how to move along with it. (Kelly Slater)

There is no one right way to ride a wave. (Jamie O’Brien)

Thank God for a few free waves. (Miki Dora)

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)

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. (William Finnegan)

Feelings are much like waves. We can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf. (Jonatan Martesson)

Surfing features

Surfing is almost a way to fly. (Jeff Hakman)

I’ve always thought surfing is a reflection of who you are. (Kelly Slater)

Surfing teaches patience. (Shaun Tomson)

I like to tell people who never surf that surfing is like taking a shower, except it lasts a lifetime. (Bill Hamilton)

Surfing is like that. You are either vigorously cursing or else you are idiotically pleased with yourself. (Agatha Christie)

Surfing’s one of the few sports that you look ahead to see what’s behind. (Laird Hamilton)

One thing you learn from surfing is how to operate in the present. It’s really what the surfing experience is all about. (Gerry Lopez)

There’s no secret to balance, you just have to feel the waves. (Frank Herbert)

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)

Attitude to surfing

Where I grew up, surfing was a way for people to celebrate their love and respect for the sea. (Tristan Prettyman)

It’s a cakewalk when you know how. (Gerry Lopez)

I love surfing more than cricket. It’s more interesting, and you meet great people. (Hansie Cronje)

Surfing is simply the most fun I know how to have in this planet. (Antony Garrett)

I’ve been blessed in surfing. I’ve been able to travel so much and surf so many incredible waves. (Keith Malloy)

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)

Skateboarding and surfing

Skateboarders are the surfers of urban landscapes, with the shimmer of the sea replaced by pieces of metal or glass on the floor. (Alain Bremond-Torrent)

For me, skateboarding started in 1965, so by the time the Dogtown era came around I’d already been skatin’ for 10 years. When I started it was clay wheels and mostly home made decks. We were just trying to copy surfing. Everything about skateboarding had to do with surfing. It was all about fun and a way to surf when the waves were shitty. (Jay Adams)

My life path has been a blessing and a great learning experience. Skateboarding is my passion and I don’t see that changing. When I’m not skating, I love to surf. I’m open to the new experiences and opportunities. (Ryan Sheckler)

Quotes about skateboarding

Motivation and surfing

If you’re having a bad day, catch a wave. (Frosty Hesson)

The three most important things in life: surf, surf, surf. (Jack O’Neill)

If in doubt, paddle out. (Nat Young)

I surf because it keeps my life at an even keel, without it I would tip into the oblivion. (Andy Irons)

No matter how hard you try, no matter how many places you travel, and no matter how many waves you are allowed to feel under your heels, it will inevitably only deepen the desire for more. (Beth Fehr)

The cure for anything is salt water — tears, sweat, or the sea. (Karen Blixen)

Zen and surfing

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)

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)

Sports and surfing

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)

Surfing’s as raw of a sport as it gets. (Kelly Slater)

I don’t have a season where I train and an off season where I don’t train. I train all my life. (Laird Hamilton)

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)

Quotes about sports

Nature and surfing

Surfing expresses a pure yearning for visceral, physical contact with the natural world. (Matt Warshaw)

Surfing is a release from exploding tensions of 20th-century living, escaping from the hustling, bustling city world of steel and concrete, a return to nature’s reality. (Fred Wardy)

For me, surfing is as close a connection I can have with Mother Nature. To surf, you’re riding a pulse of energy from Mother Nature. And it’s strong. It’s real. It’s there. And you’re dancing with that. You’re connecting with that. You’re might be the only person in the history of the universe that connects with that particular pulse of energy. (Xavier Rudd)

Quotes about nature

Joy and surfing

The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun. (Phil Edwards)

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

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)

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

Women and surfing

A big wave is like a beautiful woman, exciting to look at and thrilling to ride. (Buzzy Trent)

Waves are like women, you can never get enough of them, always want a better, more dangerous one, and occasionally you get dumped. (Robert Black)

In a moment I might be under the wave swallowing seawater and small jellyfish, but right now I am an ancient princess of Hawaii, I am a bikini model, I am a goddess before the crest of a monster billow. (Wilma Johnson)

Travel and surfing

Some people travel to surf, but lots of times I feel like I surf so I can travel. (Chris Malloy)

It’s so cool to be traveling around the world searching for good waves, meeting people, competing, living from the sport, and doing what you love. It’s beautiful. (Jacqueline Silva)

I think it’s just the spirit of adventure. People get excited about travel and the unknown when you’re going out to a wave that maybe nobody’s ever surfed before. It’s just the whole spirit of exploration. (Richie Fitzgerald)

There’s nothing quite like surfing by yourself in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but unpredictable weather patterns, below deck accommodation, sea snakes, coral cuts, and packs of reef sharks make it a trip for the committed seadog. (Mark Thornley)

Quotes about travel

Bodyboarding and surfing

I’ve tried body surfing. It’s nice. (Ziggy Marley)

I don’t see any difference between bodyboarding and surfing — it’s all surfing. (Tom Morey)

But there’s one thing I don’t get. Many surfers take a dim view of bodyboarders, but look how Andre Botha risked his life to save another! This shows that we bodyboarders have nothing against surfers. We all ride waves but just in a little different way. So we should all be kind to each other. (Danny Kim)

Love and surfing

The biggest sin in the world would be if I lost my love for the ocean. (Laird Hamilton)

Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you’ve done it. (Paul Strauch)

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)

Death and surfing

It’s not tragic to die doing something you love. (Mark Foo)

Don’t be afraid of death. Rather dreads life half-lived. (Laird Hamilton)

I took off on a wave, went down the side, popped out the other end, and went, s—t, I’m still alive! (Greg Noll)

Beach and surfing

As soon as I stood up on that hard surfboard, I went so fast and it was such an incredible feeling that I was obsessed, and I fell in love with it, so I never stopped. So, that’s how it all started, being around people at the beach and other surfers and then finally getting an actual surf board, and falling in love with that feeling. (Donavon Frankenreiter)

Being a surfer means being everything! Not only to ride on the board and, with the look of a real guru, wander along the beaches, sideways appreciating the girls. Being a surfer means to contain many things, to combine many, just as the surf combines light, air bubbles, water, glitter and dusk. Knowing your goals is what surfing is all about. (Nikita Zamekhovsky-Megalocardi)

Quotes about beach

Internet and surfing

Surfing the Net is a waste of time, and that’s what makes it interesting. (William Gibson)

Surfing the internet is like having sex: everyone brags about doing more than they do. But in the case of the Internet, we brag much more. (Tom Fasulo)

Dance and surfing

Surfing is attitude dancing. (Gerry Lopez)

Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rhythm of the water set your soul free. (Christy Ann Martine)

Business and surfing

I don’t need sponsors. I surf better when I’m broke anyway. (Dave Parmenter)

I don’t want to be connected with surfing in a business way. I’d like to be a plumber. (Butch Van Artsdalen)

Danger and surfing

I think you could build a couple of humans with the amount of skin lost on the reef at Pipe. (Martin Potter)

For surfers, being tubed is like being reborn. (Robert Black)

Freedom and surfing

Surfing is a way to be free. (Lisa Andersen)

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

Quotes about freedom

Fear and surfing

Waves are not measured in feet and inches. They are measured in increments of fear. (Buzzy Trent)

My passion for surfing was more than my fear of sharks. (Bethany Hamilton)

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