And they say surfers aren’t deep: my favorite quotes on surfing

Surfers are waaay deep… existential even. Haha! We’re very emotional. We cry at weddings. We love the ocean, the waves, the world.. *insert the discovery channel song* haha!

So enihoodles, I decided to post my favorite quotes on surfing that I found here, there and everywhere! Enjoy!

“Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you’ve done it.”

– Paul Strauch


“If in doubt, paddle out.”

– Nat Young


“There are a million ways to surf, and as long as you’re smiling you’re doing it right.”

– Unknown


“You gotta go in the mud sometimes to figure who you are.”

– Andy Irons


“Eddie would go.”



“Surfing is for life”

– Bruce Jenkins


“There are no more committed people on the planet than surfers. We fall down a lot. We turn around, paddle back out, and do it over and over again. Unlike anything else in life, the stoke of surfing is so high that the failures quickly fade from memory.”

– Gary Sirota


“the best surfer out there is the one having the most fun”

-Duke Kahanamoku


“For those searching for something more than just the norm. We lay it all down, including what others call sanity, for just a few moments on waves larger than life. We do this because we know there is still something greater than all of us. Something that inspires us spiritually. We start going down hill, when we stop taking risks.”

– On big wave surfing, Laird Hamilton


“You either surf or you fight”

-Kilgore, Apocalypse Now


“If I couldn’t surf, I’d just die.”

– excerpt from the Tribes of Palos Verde by Joy Nicholson


“There are, as you read this, uncounted millions of people who now go through life without any source of real, vibrant kick. The legions of the unjazzed.
But surfers have found one way. God knows, there are other ways. Each to his special danger. Skiing is not enough. Sailing is near. Ski-jumping almost. Automobile racing has got it. Bullfighting makes you dead. The Answer is surfing.”

– Phil Edwards


“i surf to get tan”

– On answering the question why he surfs, Shane Dorian


“its not tragic to die doing something you love”

– On Big Wave Surfing, Mark Foo


“if Jesus is on Tim Curran’s side and Occy is Jesus, who gets to win?”

– Cintra Wilson


“I probably love surfing more than I love women. Like, I love women. They’re great. But surfing has always been there for me and women haven’t. Women just break my heart. Surfing never has.”

– From an article in Stab Magazine, if i remember


“Just take your time – wave comes. Let the other guys go, catch another one.”

-Duke Kahanamoku


“Honest to goodness it’s the absolute ultimate!”

– On surfing, Gidget


“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”

-Jon Kabat-Zinn


“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


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

-Kelly Slater


“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


“Walang impossible kung addict ka”

-on surfing, moi


“i surf a 9-inch”

– on what she rode in a morning sesh in LU so long ago,  kwe lo


“Persist, persist, persist”

– on learning how to surf, db and rj


If you have additional quotes you want to add, just comment and i’ll add em. Better yet, what’s your favorite?

**photo taken from a surftrip in Liwa-liwa circa 2010 methinks? B&W film, using the Hero Go Pro Film Cam


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