Surfing Quotes

Our surfing quotes pay tribute to a sport that entails appreciating the natural world while taking on the demands of a challenging physical effort.

Surfing requires the surfer to be in alignment with nature while also dealing with the physical demands that require strength, balance, and coordination. For many, surfing requires you to live in the moment utilizing your body, mind, and soul.

Surfing originated with the ancient Polynesians and flourished in the United States – particularly in California and Hawaii – in the 20th century. It remains a popular sport today.

Best Surf Quotes

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

Surf and feel your life be changed forever.
Nossa Company

One of the greatest things about the sport of surfing is that you need only three things: your body, a surfboard, and a wave.
Naima Green

The three most important things in life are surf, surf, and surf.
Jack O’Neill

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

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 drowning in its monstrosity.
Alysha Speer

Out of the water, I am nothing.
Duke Kahanamoku

Surfing is like life. Every wave and every day are different.

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

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

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Good Surfing Quotes

Going to places where you can find those waves where you still have it to yourself; that’s one of the most special things in surfing. There’s so much coastline that’s still undiscovered.
Chris Malloy

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

If in doubt, paddle out.
Nat Young

Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.
Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.
Jeanne Moreau

Waves are not measured in feet and inches; they are measured in increments of fear.
Buzzy Trent

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

Just like a sunbeam can’t separate itself from the sun, and a wave can’t separate itself from the ocean, we can’t separate ourselves from one another. We are all part of a vast sea of love, one indivisible divine mind.
Marianne Williamson

Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.
Bethany Hamilton

Surfer Sayings

Feelings are much like waves: we can’t stop them from coming, but we can choose which one to surf.
Jonatan Mårtensson

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

The best wave of your life.

Inspirational Surfing Quotes

These surfing quotes will have you itching to get to the takeoff zone.

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

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

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

I wanted to be the best shaper in the world – except, you later realize, there’s no such thing.
Al Merrick

Life’s a wave; catch it.

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

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

Motivational Surfer Quotes

Her happiness floated like waves of ocean along the coast of her life. She found lyrics of her life in his arms, but she never sung her song.
Santosh Kalwar

Surfing in crowds is like mind over matter. If I don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
Brodus Rogers

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

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Andre Gide

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

Surfing is good for the soul; worries seem to drift away as you scan the horizon for the next wave.
Ed Daley

You can't stop the waves.

Surfing Lifestyle Quotes

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

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

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

Style is a natural extension of who you are as a person.
Mark Richards

There is no new wave, only the sea.
Claude Chabrol

For a surfer, it’s never-ending. There’s always some wave you want to surf.
Kelly Slater

I’m surfing the giant life wave.
William Shatner

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

A day at the beach, it can feel like all our cares are an ocean away… Sun on our shoulders, feet in the sand, cool beverage in hand. The waves roll in, our thoughts roll out, and all is right with the world again.

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Catch a Wave Surfing Quotes

When two roads diverge… take the one that leads to the beach.
Hannah Mckinnon

Always keep a little beach day in your heart.

Because everyday should feel like a day at the beach.

You’re not a wave; you’re a part of the ocean.
Mitch Albom

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

When life gives you lemons, squeeze one in your hair and go surf.

If the ocean can calm itself, so can you. We are both saltwater mixed with air.
N. Waheed

Sometimes in the waves of change, we find our true direction.

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

Beach: if I’m not on it, near it, or looking at it, I’m dreaming of it.

I hope someday I’ll wake up to see that I live on the beach.

At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move from hour to hour but from mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.

Mind on a permanent vacation; the ocean is my only medication, wishing my condition isn’t ever going to go away.
Jimmy Buffett

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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By Liz Olson

Liz is a writer who lives in Minneapolis.


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