7 myths that keep you from riding a surfboard
Surfing is a sport that many people around the world dream of. Images of surfers riding giant waves or sliding down crystal clear waves have become synonymous with freedom and adventure .
However, despite its popularity , surfing is surrounded by many misconceptions and misconceptions that may limit its accessibility to some. These myths were often conveyed by the media and popular culture, creating a stereotypical and often erroneous image of surfers and their sport.
In this article, we will therefore unravel for you the surfing myths that we are used to hearing in our store and let you discover the truth behind them. From the myth that you have to be crazy to surf, to the myth that surfers are lazy, and many more inaccurate ideas, we'll take a look at the most common beliefs about surfing. Hang on, you might be surprised by what you'll learn!
Myth #1 : be muscular to surf
- It is possible to observe surfers paddling to the surf spot with ease and rushing onto the beach with bulging abs. Although most surfers are in excellent physical condition, it is not necessary to be in peak physical condition to learn to surf.
- However, it is better to be in good physical condition and have adequate swimming skills, as knowing how to swim is essential when navigating the ocean.
- Don't be intimidated by the pressure of having to be in top physical condition to get started, as even a basic level of fitness is enough to start this activity.
Myth #2 : Surfing is only for summer and when the weather is nice
- Although summer is the best time to hit the beaches, with warmer waters and gentler waves for beginners, know that you can surf all year round!
- If you live in an area where the waves are present, all you need is a thick wetsuit (and why not slippers and wetsuit gloves) to go on an adventure!
- And don't worry, even if the water is cold, the frantic movements to try to warm up will keep you warm!
Myth #3 :Surfers are lazy
- The myth that associates surfers with a bunch of slackers has persisted for centuries. Granted, there are surfers who have a laid back mindset thinking that everything will be fine, which may sound lazy.
- Some surfers spend their lives lazing on the beach, but in reality, most of them have ordinary jobs like everyone else.
- Even though surfers are slackers, they are still brave slackers who defy the natural elements to catch waves!
Myth #4 : You have to live in a tropical paradise to surf
- When people think of surfing, images of Hawaii, Byron Bay, or California may pop into their minds. But you don't have to live in a surf paradise to be able to surf, great waves are found all over the world!
- Besides surfing in hot places like Bali and Sri Lanka, you can also find phenomenal surfing on the East Coast of the United States, Portugal, England, and Norway (among many other places).
- For the more adventurous, you can even surf in the icy waters of Iceland
- So, no need to go to the other side of the world to satisfy your passion for surfing, quality spots are everywhere!
Myth #5 : You have to learn to surf when you are young
- Of course, starting to learn something is always easier when you're young. However, not embarking on learning to surf because you feel too old is absurd!
- Even if you start surfing in your 20s, 30s, 40s or later, you can get good at it and have a great time. Although joining the professional surfer club is unlikely, there is no age limit for surfing. So don't think it's too late!
Myth #6 : It's easy to get good at surfing
- This myth may stem from how easily surfing is viewed by someone who has never ridden a surfboard before.
- However, getting good at surfing takes years and years. Don't get discouraged or feel down if you haven't gotten good in the first or second year.
- Learning to surf is probably one of the hardest things you will ever do! And that's a big part of why it's such an amazing thing.
- One of the great things about surfing is that it has a steep learning curve and you have to keep persevering to get good at it. Surfing is fun, exciting and exciting - but it's not easy!
In summary, surfing isn't just for the young, the lazy or the crazy, and it's not just for summer and sunny days. It's a sport that can be played by anyone, anywhere in the world and at any age - but it requires patience, perseverance and a great deal of respect for the ocean and its dangers.
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About the Author :
Clément Morandière is an expert in the board sports industry. Over the years he has worked for some of the best known brands in the world of surfing, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding.
He worked at Starboard International , where he spent three years managing the international distribution of Starboard Windsurf and Starboard SUP. During this period. He has also worked closely with Starboard's R&D department , testing most products for paddle sports and windsurfing.
As founder of Ocean Essentials stores he also made a significant contribution to the boardsports industry. He also worked as Brand Manager at Jorcani Sports, where he was responsible for re-establishing the distribution of the Starboard and Severne brands in France.
During his career, Clément also played a key role in the distribution of Surftech in Europe , which helped make this surf brand more accessible to European surfers.
With all his professional experience and expertise in the board sports industry .
Clément is a valuable asset for all things surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and Windusrf. His knowledge and experience make him a go-to expert for anyone looking to learn more about these exciting sports.