Catch the Wave: Why You Should Take Up Surfing as a Hobby

By Cody Moxam.

People in coastal cities all over the world have become enamored with riding ocean waves on a surfboard after just one surfing session. There is nothing like experiencing the excitement of traveling through a heavy swell while in beautiful, picturesque locales. Because of surfing’s unique qualities, it is the ideal sport and hobby for adventure-seekers, extreme sports enthusiasts, and people seeking inner peace.

Human beings aren’t designed to sit behind a desk all day. We are designed to be in nature. And there’s nothing like experiencing nature by riding the waves and taking in the sights and sounds of the ocean.

If hiking and biking are not your ideal ways to explore nature, surfing can be a more visceral, exhilarating, and serene way to enjoy the beauty of nature. It has been proven that being in close proximity to the ocean has measurable therapeutic effects on people. Being among waves in particular stimulates dopamine and serotonin, filling people with positive and peaceful emotions.

I am a big proponent of mindfulness, meditation, and other activities that people can do to improve their mental well-being. I can tell you with certainty that surfing has been an important part of my own mindfulness practice. The stress-relieving endorphins you get from surfing make it worthwhile for anyone seeking relaxation and peace.

In addition to surfing’s meditative properties, it teaches important lessons for life. Beginners should understand that there are many challenging components to surfing. The waves won’t always let you ride easily. That’s why you learn to read the waves and balance in the face of strong currents. It’s not easy, but nothing worth doing is. And learning to be patient and not give up will serve you even when you aren’t surfing.

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