60+ 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

We’re all equal before a wave. Laird Hamilton

Never drive away from good surf. Roger Sharp

Being spat out of one of those giant, roaring Hawaiian tubes is the most amazing sensation I’ve ever experienced in my life. It’s joy, fear, and accomplishment all rolled into one experience. Shaun Tomson

Foam is your friend. Don’t be scared of it. A little bit of extra foam here and there is good for the soul and your surfing. Rob Machado

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

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

Out of the water, I am nothing. Duke Kahanamoku

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

Surfing is attitude dancing. Gerry Lopez

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Surfing to me is like playing music. You play different melodies with different boards. Skip Frye

A big wave is like a beautiful woman, exciting to look at and thrilling to ride. Buzzy Trent

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

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

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

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

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 don’t need sponsors. I surf better when I’m broke anyway. Dave Parmenter

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

I took off on a wave, went down the side, popped out the other end, and went, s–t, I’m still alive! Greg Noll

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

Wiping out is an underappreciated skill. Laird Hamilton

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

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Inspirational Surfing Quotes

I don’t see any difference between bodyboarding and surfing – it’s all surfing. Tom Morey

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

Sometimes, I feel like a two-bit version of Mickey Dora. Phil Edwards

It’s all about where your mind’s at. Kelly Slater

I invented localism. Miki Dora

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

I surf to get tan. Shane Dorian

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

If in doubt, paddle out. Nat Young

I am not famous. I am a worker. Adriano de Souza

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

Eddie would go. Mark Foo

I’ve committed to surfing the rest of my life. Lance Armstrong

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

empowering surfing quotes

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

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

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

One drop-in is an accident, two is rude, three is a twatable offense. Roger Sharp

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

Amazing Surfing Quotes

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

I think you could build a couple of humans with the amount of skin lost on the reef at Pipe. Martin Potter

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

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

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

Surfing is for life. Bruce Jenkins

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

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

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

Surfing is almost a way to fly. Jeff Hakman

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

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

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

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

I love surfing more than cricket. It’s more interesting, and you meet great people. Hansie Cronje

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

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