55+ Best Surfing Quotes To Help You Ride The Wave

Surfing quotes are the best source of inspiration to help you ride the wave

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Surfing often seems like a challenging sport!

Surfing is not like other sports, it puts you in direct contact with nature. It allows you to truly see nature from among it.

This list of the best surfing quotes will help you to see the beauty amidst all the chaos that comes with the seas and the oceans. Through these quotes, including surf quotes by famous surfers like Robert Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, and Bethany Hamilton, you are sure to be searching for our own surf board in no time!

For more great quotes, check out these [ocean quotes] and kitesurf quotes too.

Feel Good Surf Quotes

Here are some feel-good surf quotes that show how fun surfing is.

1. “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.

2. “Surfing, alone among sports, generates laughter at its very suggestion...”

- Matt Warshaw.

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

- Frosty Hesson.

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

- John McCarthy.

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

- Jack O’Neill.

6. “Surfing is for life.”

- Bruce Jenkins.

7. “Live to surf, surf to live.”

- Mike Doyle.

8. “Life's just better when you add surfing to it.”

- Ben Marcus.

Quotes About Surfing As A Force Of Nature

Enjoy these surf quotes about surfing as a force of nature.    

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

- Wilhelm Sverdvik.

10. “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.

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

- Lee Clow.

12. “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.

13. “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.

14. “Surfing is rehabilitative because the ocean, like war, is a minefield.”

- Eric Stoneking.

15. “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.”

- Robert Black.

16. “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.

17. “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 sea-dog.”

- Mark Thornley.

18. “When you surf, you learn not to fight the power of nature, even if it gets violent.”

- Haruki Murakami.

19. “Surfing is a secret garden, not easily entered.”

- William Finnegan.

Funny Surfing Quotes

Here are some funny surfing quotes that can put a smile on your face.

20. "Surfing’s a more profound kind of sport than it looks."

- Haruki Murakami.

21. "Surfing is such an amazing concept."

- Jolene Blalock.

22. “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.

23. “If in doubt, paddle out."

- Nat Young.

Inspirational Surfing Life Lessons

Surfing isn’t just a fun activity, there are several life lessons that one can derive from surfing too. Here are some quotes about surfing life lessons that can inspire you.

24. “Surfing's one of the few sports that you look ahead to see what's behind.”

- Laird Hamilton.

25. “Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear.”

- Buzzy Trent.

26. “Never drive away from good surf.”

- Roger Sharp.

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

- Tom Blake.

28. “Surfing in crowds is like mind over matter.”

- Brodus Rogers.

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

- John Kabat-Zinn.

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

- Jamie O'Brien.

31. “Wiping out is an under-appreciated skill.”

- Laird Hamilton.

32. “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.

Quotes About Connecting With Mother Nature

Here are some surf quotes about connecting with Mother Nature through surfing.

33. “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.

34. “Surfing soothes me, it's always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome.”

- Paul Walker.

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

-  Kelly Slater.

36. “God created the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the waves for our enjoyment. Surfing is just my way of worshipping Him.”

- Bethany Hamilton.

37. “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.

38. “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.

39. “Not to sound too deep or weird, but I think that the times when you really appreciate surfing are the times you’re really sort of becoming one with nature.”

- Kelly Slater.

40. “I like to tell people who never surf that surfing is like taking a shower, except it lasts a lifetime.”

- Bill Hamilton.

41. “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... You're connecting with that.”

- Xavier Rudd.

Quotes About Surfing As An Art

Surfing may be a fun activity, but it’s a lot more than just looking cool riding a wave. It is an art form that requires dedication and commitment and like all other forms of art, consistency is key to improving it. Here are some quotes that accurately capture the beauty of this art form.

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

- Skip Frye.

43. “I think surfing is a platform. It's like any other art form. You have a canvas and you have the ability to create whatever you're really thinking about in the moment.”

- Parker Cohn.

44. “Surfing is attitude dancing.”

-  Gerry Lopez.

Quotes About Surfing As A Passion

If you’re a passionate surfer, you’re sure to enjoy these quotes.

45. “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.

46. “For a surfer, it's never-ending. There's always some wave you want to surf.”

- Kelly Slater.

47. “You can take a surfer out of the surf, but you can not take surf out of surfer.”

- Bob McTavish.

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

- Bethany Hamilton.

49. “The biggest sin in the world would be if I lost my love for the ocean.”

- Laird Hamilton.

50.  “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.

Quotes About Bonding With Surfing

Here are some famous surfing quotes to capture this magical sport.

51. “I’ve always thought surfing is a reflection of who you are.”

- Kelly Slater.

52. “Sliding a wave removes our brains out of the ordinary and slips us into the extraordinary of being there now... 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.

53. “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.

54. “There are so many different elements to surfing. Small waves, big waves, long boards, short boards. This makes it a sport you can share with people. It's not just a solitary thing - it's become a family thing, too.”

- Kelly Slater.

55. “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.

56. "We are the lucky few who get to play in God’s soup and we are better humans because of it."

- Bill Hamilton.

57. "... it [surfing] turns not a skill into an art, but an inexplicable and useless urge into a vital way of life."

- Matt Warshaw.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you like our suggestions for 55+ surfing quotes, and you seek more inspiration, then why not take a look at these sailing quotes and water quotes for more?


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