90+ Best Surfing Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Surfing is a surface water pastime in which the wave rider, referred to as a surfer, rides on the forward part, or face, of a moving wave, which usually carries the surfer towards the shore. Inspirational surfing quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Most Famous Surfing Quotes

Surfing is for life. – Bruce Jenkins

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

The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun. – Phil Edwards

If in doubt, paddle out. – Nat Young

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

The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun. – Duke Kahanamoku

Surfing’s one of the few sports that you look ahead to see what’s behind. – Laird Hamilton

You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

I surf to get a tan. – Shane Dorian

One drop in is an accident, two is rude, three is a twatable offence. – Roger Sharp

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

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

Life is a lot like surfing…When you get caugh in the impact zone, you’ve got to just get back up. because you never know what may be the next wave. – Bethany Hamilton

It’s a culmination of your life of surfing when you turn and paddle in at Mavericks. – Jeff Clark

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Then, after I’ve gotten rid of Batman and Robin for good, I will rule the waves. Me, the Joker, king of the surf and all the surfers. Then, Gotham City! Later, the world! – The Joker

Eddie would go. – Mark Foo

Surfing is attitude dancing. – Gerry Lopez

We’re all equal before a wave. – Laird 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

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’s the source. Can change your life. Swear to God. – Bohdi

Thank God for a few free waves. – Miki Dora

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

Surfing is such an amazing concept. You’re taking on Nature with a little stick and saying, ‘I’m gonna ride you!’ And a lot of times Nature says, ‘No you’re not!’ and crashes you to the bottom. – Jolene Blalock

Surfing is not an organized sport, but it does have rules. The surfer closest to the curl has the right of way. – Matt Armstrong

Honest to goodness it’s the absolute ultimate! – Gidget

Wiping out is an under appreciated skill. – Laird Hamilton

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I took off on a wave, went down the side, popped out the other end, and went, shit, I’m still alive! – Greg Noll

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

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

The balance and patience factors are much more critical in surfing than they are in snowboarding … if you’re out surfing serious waves and you wipe out, you don’t land on soft snow. It’s usually either very sharp coral, or you get raked across the beach gravel and sand while you’re tumbling underwater. – Frederick Lenz

If there was no such thing as barrels I probably wouldn’t even surf. – Clay Marzo

I could not help concluding this man had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and so smoothly by the sea. – Captain James Cook

Surfing equates to living in the very moment of now’. When you ride a wave you leave behind all things important and unimportant, the purity of the moment is upon you. – Bill Hamilton

Three most important things in life, surf, surf and surf. – Jack O’Neill

Surf and feel your life be changed forever. – Nossa Company

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

Never drive away from good surf. – Roger Sharp

Waves are toys from God – Clay Marzo

One thing you learn from surfing is how to operate in the present. It’s really what the surfing experience is all about. – Gerry Lopez

There is wisdom in waves. Some surfers see it right away, others never do. To find success in surfing, we must learn to be in harmony with nature. This will bring a sense of peace. By sharing this peace, and contributing to other people’s happiness, we can find the true meaning of life. Keep surfing . . . – Gerry Lopez

Surfing is good for the soul, worries seems to drift away as you scan the horizon for the next wave. – Ed Daley

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

When the surfs up, your life is too – Wilhelm Sverdvik

As for my own surfing, let’s just say that when the waves start pushing 10 feet, I get this tremendous urge to make a sandwich. – Bruce Jenkins

empowering surfing quotes

It’s a cakewalk, when you know how. – Gerry Lopez

For a surfer, the fluidity of the ocean – of being in it – is what matters. – Alan ‘Fuz’ Bleakley

I still feel like my best surfing is ahead of me. – Kelly Slater

Surfing gets your soul, once you feel the wave lift you up and thrust you forward you begin to realise how powerful but beautiful mother nature is and how vast the universe really is, this cant help but smile on your face in absolute awe of how beautiful it is to have participated in life. – Fisher Cannon

I’ve tried body surfing. It’s nice. – Ziggy Marley

I’m just a surfer who wanted to build something that would allow me to surf longer. – Jack O’Neill

Go strip off your clothes that are a nuisance in this mellow clime. Get in and wrestle with the sea; wing your heels with the skill and power that reside in you, hit the sea’s breakers, master them, and ride upon their backs as a king should. – Jack London

Surfing is like golf: You’re always battling, and it keeps knocking you down. There are a lot of wipeouts. But when you stay with it and catch that wave, you really taste it. It’s magic. – Dennis Quaid

The rule of surfing is never tell anyone where you go. – John Slattery

It’s funny, ’cause you think surfing is your whole life, but then when you make a family it seems like it’s not at all. – Joel Parkinson

I caught my first tube today… Sir. – Johnny Utah

The only one whom can whisper to you the ways of the surf, is the wind. – Wilhelm Sverdvik

When the surfs up, your life is too. – Wilhelm Sverdvik

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

Not to sound too deep or weird, but I think that the times when you really appreciate surfing are the times you’re really sort of becoming one with nature. Surfing’s as raw of a sport as it gets. – Kelly Slater

Sliding a wave removes our brains out of the ordinary and slips us into the extra ordinary 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

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. But when life hands you hurricanes, you go surfing. – Jon Foreman

powerful surfing quotes

Waves are toys from God. – Clay Marzo

When life gives you rough waves, surf’em. – unknown

I feel my absolute best physically, mentally and spiritually when I’m surfing every day. – Marisa Miller

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

100% pure adrenaline! – Bodhi

There is nothing, nothing, more sad than a surfer who used to surf. – Old Surfer Sage

I’ve always thought surfing is a reflection of who you are. – Kelly Slater

I don’t think anyone gets to the end of their life and wishes they had surfed less. – Bradley Hook

Surfing for me is more than my lifestyle; it’s my passion, my love, and it’s a part of me. – Bethany Hamilton

Live to surf, surf to live. – Mike Doyle

Tell the teacher we’re surfin’. – The Beach Boys

Out of the water, I am nothing. – Duke Kahanamoku

There is not one right way to ride a wave. – Jamie O’Brien

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

In surfing, coming to terms with death — or at least the possibility — is an ongoing crisis in big waves. The set is building outside, and it’s so beautiful, aesthetically. People are watching in awe from the beach: the blue water, the stiff offshore winds, the 40-foot walls charging in from the open ocean. If you’re out there with nothing but your body, your wits and a surfboard, that set can be your coffin. – Bruce Jenkins

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

You’re sayin’ the FBI’s gonna pay me to learn to surf? – Johnny Utah

It looks easy, like surfing, but surfing is hard too. – George Eads

I’m surfing the giant life wave. – William Shatner

What I love the most about surfing is that it’s my first love. It’s the first thing I can remember being consumed by. – Stephanie Gilmore

There is nothing, nothing, more sad than a surfer who used to surf. – Unknown

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

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

It’s not tragic to die doing something you love. – Mark Foo

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

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

If it swells, ride it! – Unknown

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