Every surfer struggles with motivation and there’s always an excuse not to surf – it’s too cold, we’re too busy, or the waves aren’t good enough. But once we get off our backsides and paddle out, we’re always stoked that we got in!
Here’s our 8 hacks to help you ditch the excuses and get out there!
Surf with a friend
Arrange to meet a friend at the beach, or pick them up on the way. It’s harder to make excuses when someone else is relying on you.
Once you’re out in the surf, give each other tips and encouragement but above all, enjoy it and don’t take it too seriously!
Set yourself a goal
We all have to work and do the mundane day-to-day stuff, but there’s always time to surf, even if it’s just a quick hour.
Set yourself a goal for a minimum number of sessions, if you live near the sea, it should be 2-3 times a week, if you live further away – once a month. Then make sure you go, even if the waves are pants. Building up paddle strength and time in the ocean will improve your surfing and get you fired up for when the waves are pumping!
Once you start surfing more often, the momentum will build and you’ll probably find that it increases to 3, 4 or even 5 times a week!
Keep a surf diary
Record all your sessions and include details on what the conditions were like, where you surfed, and how many waves you caught. It will help you to learn the best places to surf for specific conditions and look back on your best sessions. This will increase your confidence and motivate you to get back out there after a bad day at work!
Set your alarm
Dawn sessions are amazing for beating the crowds. But dragging yourself out of bed to jump in the surf, especially on your day off or on a cold winter’s day can be damn hard.
Set your alarm and place it out of reach which will force you to get out of bed. Do a few gentle stretches to get your muscles moving before heading out of the door.
Surf at quieter beaches
Crowded surf spots can be pretty off-putting, especially in the height of the summer. Do your research and be prepared to drive around a bit searching to find the perfect spot. If you head to the less popular, more difficult to access beaches you’ll enjoy a less crowded line-up!
Keep the essentials in the car
By having your surf gear in the car, you’ll always have it with you and never be able to make the excuse of having left it all at home. Obviously, you’re gonna take a bit of stick from the other half (unless they surf too) so stash it somewhere reasonably tidy, and hey, who doesn’t like the smell of surf wax??
After each surf, dry everything out properly, load it back into the car and you’ll be ready to the hit the waves at the drop of a hat!
Dry your wetsuit
There’s nothing more off-putting than getting into a soggy wetsuit. Rinse out and dry your suit thoroughly which will not only prolong the life of your wetsuit, but motivate you to get out there, even on a cold dark morning.
Get surf fit
Keeping fit on dry land is crucial to progression and maximising your surf sessions – check out these tips for keeping fit between surfs. The fitter you are, the healthier you’ll feel, the better you’ll surf and the more you’ll want to get out there!
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