Surfing is more than just a sport, it's a physical, spiritual and emotional experience second to none. It's a way of life that challenges and inspires us to appreciate the fullness of life by making the most out of every moment and every wave.
Ever wondered why you are left with a fat smile on your face and a feeling of contentment after a good surf session? Well it's because surfing is a great form of exercise, when you exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins, serotonin and dopamine.
Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
Seratonin is a chemical responsible for happiness, restful sleep, and a healthy appetite, serotonin levels will increase if you surf regularly. Serotonin works with endorphins to make surfing a pleasurable activity. In addition, more serotonin means more energy and clearer thinking.
Dopamine is a pleasure chemical, surfing helps stimulate the production of dopamine, Dopamine is often associated with orgasms, need we say more.
So, despite the obvious physical and chemical advantages of surfing often, we can't deny the deep spiritual connection with nature the surfing lifestyle nurtures. Being out in the ocean and at the mercy of the elements we realize how tiny we are in the greater understanding of life, which leaves us in awe of creation and the forces of nature. Only a surfer would know the feeling of "stoke" that comes from respecting a violent force of nature and using it as a form of enjoyment.
Surfers are in tune with the wind and weather systems knowing which conditions are the most suitable for surfing, we are filled with excitement when all the variables come together, which normally results in a swift migration to the beach with surfboards in tow to make the most of the moment. All sports have their advantages and reasons they are cool, we might just be slightly partial towards surfing. More and more people are discovering the adrenaline rush created by surfing. An adrenaline rush is an extremely intense feeling. Adrenaline is a natural hormone that is produced by the body and secreted throughout the body when you undergo some type of traumatic or exhilarating experience.
Surfing is highly addictive, and it's not hard to understand why. Surf Action highly recommends trying to surf at least once in your lifetime, chances are that once you catch that first wave you will nine out of ten times return to the scene of the crime.
Every surfer will have his or her own list of reasons why they are drawn so irresistibly to the sport, but accounting for commonality, here are, 30 very good reasons why surfing is so addictive:
1. Riding a wave is a breathless experience.
2. Adrenaline injections pump our heart and blood.
3. Sun, salt and sand are a virtuous blend.
4. Oceans have a positive impact on human health.
5. The best way to forget your daily problems is to face bigger challenges.
6. In the lineup, you're alone with everybody.
7. Every wave has a different feeling.
8. As you progress, you're compelled to surf better each day.
9. There are waves in every corner of the world.
10. It's a great way of living life.
11. A beer tastes better after a surf session.
12. Personal surfing photos are super cool.
13. Only a surfer knows the feeling.
14. There's a deep sense of connection with the cultural history of surfing through time.
15. There's always the next surfboard to be bought.
16. Surfing makes you feel alive.
17. The first wave ride is unforgettable.
18. Weather forecasts are never 100% accurate, adding to the thrill.
19. Humans love water.
20. Each ridden wave is a personal story.
21. Gods seems to be around during the best waves of your life.
23. Wax smells nice.
24. Surfboards are objects of design and desire.
25. The drive to exploring and discover new surf spots intensifies with time.
26. You can never have too many surfboards.
27. Chicks dig surfers.
28 Guys dig surfer chicks.
29 You'll always leave the water with a smile.
30 Life is better at the beach.