The Edge Volume 21

/The Edge Volume 21

The Edge Volume 21

4 Ways Surfing Makes Life (and You) Better

Article review by Glenn T Goodwin, PhD, DABFE

Surfing is often referred to as a lifestyle and so it should be.  It is all about living life abundantly and doing it with your unique style.  Without getting too dramatic about it, simply said, surfing for me has always made me and my life better.  When I go for a surf, I am always better and my life, as I see it and as my significant others see it, always seems better as well.   I think I might actually be more likable after a surf, LOL!  My wife clearly prefers seeing me stoked and she concurs that as far as her husband is concerned, the reverse adage rings true:  happy life, happy wife!  And when she is happy, well then, everybody is happy…

Check out this short but sweet abstract from Duarte Azevedo on The Inertia…

‘It’s common to see surfing as more than just a sport. There are so many positive things that we associate with the act of riding a wave, playing in the ocean, and just enjoying being out in nature. But how does it all actually make you a better person?

  1. Resilience and Mental Strength

Even if you don’t think about it, we all face hard times in our surfing life. Falling is a regular part of the activity, getting smashed by waves in the process. It can even be tough just to paddle out to the lineup some days. But in spite of that, we keep going until we (hopefully) become proficient in catching and riding waves. Learning any new skill requires a massive dose of resilience. Resilience is the ability to cope with change, and maybe you’ve noticed how things seem to change really fast when we are learning to surf.

  1. Determination

When we are learning any new skill we will likely fail often. Period. It’s why we create the 10,000-hour rule for mastering any craft. This 10,000-hour rule is simply our expectation of how long it will take to go from incompetence to virtuoso. We fail, we try again, and then we will fail some more. Just like training our resilience, we fall and we get up. We are driven by an uncontrollable will to do it right.

Some might say that we are obsessed but we prefer the word determine or focused.

  1. Surfing Connects You With Your Surroundings

When you go out to the ocean it becomes easy to search for signs of life and vibrancy everywhere. We try to understand the wind, the swell, the tides, how the waves are breaking, and just how all of this connects. This kind of sensorial experience makes us more practical human beings.

  1. It Makes You Aware of the Beauty All Around

It’s almost impossible to be in the ocean and not find yourself in awe of your surroundings. Whether it’s the way the waves breaks, how the sun rises or sets on the horizon, or even just gazing at the empty winter beach, there are always moments to sit in awe of the natural world. And in our deepest memories, many of us hold on to the moments and the days where everything about those surroundings seemed perfect. It’s no coincidence that moments like these make us feel the most alive.’

Keep living life; take any sad song and make it better.  Keep your edge… 

And now a little groovy inspiration…  

rhino surfboards
Miller Surfboard Company
Jim Dunlop Surfer / Surfboard Shaper
Rozo Surfboards Factory
Clever Surfboards
Gum Surfboards Sarasota Florida
Clean Ocean Surfboards Company
Savage Surfboards
Paramount Printing in Brunswick Georgia
Tacolu Baja Mexican Restaurant
Salt Life Restaurant
Sargent Auto Upholstery Jacksonville Florida
Rock n Homes Realty
Perry Penland Lawyer
Jacksonville Beach Florida Lawn Care - Turf Rider
Triple x Surf & Skate
Eastern Surfing Association
Oceanstate Insurance - Home - Life - Auto Insurance
Directax Tax & Accounting
Florida Cypress Wood Products
Smart Scape Jax Lawn Maintenance
Fishing Tours Nosara Costa Rica
Ft George Island Surf Shop
Beaches Open MRI - Jacksonville Beach Florida
By | 2017-07-02T17:21:41+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|The Good Doctor|Comments Off on The Edge Volume 21