Everytime I go surfing I can’t help myself from writing poetry as soon as I get back to my beach towel. There’s just so much to write about when it comes to the beauties of riding the open waves with nothing but a board under your feet. As the sun warms your back and the water cools your feet, the spindrift and spume of the violent ocean sprays your legs, and while waving at the people on the beach who are looking off in amazement as they see you glide toward them equals no other experience.
If you haven’t gone surfing before but you’ve always wanted to, this blog post should be the last thing you read before a rented surfboard is strapped to the roof of your car. There are thousands of great surfing spots around the world. My favourite is Tofino BC as you can surf there all year round, even in the winter, and it’s relatively safe so long as you keep an eye out for signs warning of rip tides.
Trust me, if you see a sign saying “rip tides”, don’t surf there! They’re very scary things to deal with, hence the trouble of putting all those signs up. But don’t let that discourage you. That’s the only thing you really need to be wary of, as there is a strap that connects your ankle to the surfboard with a lanyard so you can never lose your board if you fall off.
And if you’re worried about not knowing “how” to surf, just remember this tip: no one says you have to stand up on your feet the first time trying. It’s actually really fun just to stay on your knees once you catch a wave because this way you can ride the wave as long as you want without losing balance and toppling over. The trick is to see the wave coming and catch it with your board, so that it propels you forward.
This year I went surfing with my good friend who does irrigation for a living. Everytime we go he makes a joke about how “he works with water on his working days and he rides the water on his days off.”
My favorite part about surfing is the complete peacefulness you feel inside when there’s no care in the world but you, your board and the ocean. It’s serene and relaxing to be out there in the waves. It’s one of the few places a good conversation’s never needed. There’s enough to think about and enjoy consciously without ruining the experience with too many words. If you’re looking for something to do this summer, may I recommend you take to the high seas with a surfboard?
Bring some friends, some family and plenty of bottled water because you’ll need it! I could write and write for hours when it comes to my love for surfing, so I’ll stop while I’m ahead. Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more!