Technology holds an immense group on our lifestyle now, and it’s rare to have moments of disconnect. NYC is known for it’s crowded city life. I enjoy the energy and diverse lifestyle that it offers, but it’s way harder to find quiet time for yourself.
It’s imperative to put in the effort of finding time to
disconnect. We’re all addicted to smart phones and the complexity of the internet. It helps us, but when overused it distracts us from our priorities. We become sucked in to a different reality and it’s disturbing. Next time you go out to a party look around and notice that there will likely be a group of people all on their phones.
Aside from running in Central Park, NYC’s urban lifestyle doesn’t offer the same vibe of a California coast. Moving with nature, being active and surrounded with only your thoughts- surfing is an excellent way to capture this feeling.
Here are 5 Reasons Everyone Should Surf:
Become a surfer
#1 You’ll Learn To Fail
When you first start off surfing, you’ll be frustrated because you can’t stand up. Or maybe you can stand up, but you slip off to the slide, jump, and then have your foot tangled by the leash as you do three backflips under a wave and as you get up to gasp for air another wave hits you.
You’ll learn how to be patient with your progress. You’ll have to fall off your board and fail a couple of thousand times before you successfully ride your first wave. All of the failures will make you stronger; each fall is a different lesson for how to paddle, when to stand up, and how to shift your balance. You’ll learn how to fail, and experience how it makes you better.
#2 You’ll Become A Stronger Swimmer
When you’re out there in the ocean the waves can be unpredictable. The ocean doesn’t care about you and it doesn’t know what you do. It will move its tides long after you’re gone. Knowing this, you’ll develop stronger swimming skills as you become a surfer. Surfing will force you to take on the waves. You can’t panic when your underwater and a wave is right above you otherwise you’ll drown.
If your friend is out there drowning but you’re too scared to go out there and save him what do you think is going to happen?
If you end up in a freak accident and find yourself in the ocean how are you going to save your life?
Be a strong swimmer and you won’t have to stress about these situations. Kill two birds with one stone. Have fun surfing while developing your swimming skills.
When you’re out there surfing and swimming of course you’ll get a good workout going. Swimming is praised for working nearly all of the muscles in your body. Unlike running, it adds less stress to your joints. Theres a major difference in working out running on concrete, and moving your body in water. Lots of athletes use cross-train swimming to supplement their own workouts. It’s an effective form of cardio and offers the benefits cycling and running would give; with a lower risk of injury.
After a couple of months of surfing and you’ll start to notice toned abs, developed back, and stronger immune system. (Bonus: You’ll get a nice tan going to go with your surfer flippy hair from all of the salt and sun).
#4 Appreciation and Courtesy…man
You’ll turn into a hippy as you become more of a surfer. Unless you’re a jerk, you’ll learn common surfing courtesy and let the other people around you have their space when their on a wave. The surfer community is laid back and friendly, you’ll pick up lessons and tips on the spot with the other experts out there carving their way with a shortboard.
You’ll grow to appreciate the ocean more. Surfing is a fantastic way to move and work with nature. You have to be patient and wait for the right wave to catch. Once you feel that you’ve been given the right wave, you have to judge how strong you’ll paddle. When you manage to stand up you’ll have to work your balance in order to ride the wave and not fall off.
#5 You’ll Disconnect
You won’t have your smart phone out there because you don’t want it to fall in the water. Likewise, the surfers out there with you won’t be talking on the phone or snapchatting the wave about to crush them. You’ll be out there waiting for a wave and laughing with your friends instead of messaging them over Facebook sending wave emoji’s. If theres any technology out there with you, it’s a Go-Pro.
Instead of hearing all of the noise pollution going on in the city, surfing will put you out there in the ocean. You can see all of the people off shore blasting their music and eating their Hot-Cheetos. You’ll be out there in the open with your thoughts.
Like I said in the beginning, it’s important to take time to disconnect from the world. Get lost in your thoughts. How can you make time to think if all you read and know is Facebook and Instagram? Surfing offers this opportunity to disconnect. It demonstrates the essence of living: learning to fail, being patient, maintaining your health, and appreciation…man.