Let’s be honest, surfing is not an easy sport to learn. It takes time, commitment and perseverance and this is why we love it. Once you commit and overcome the challenges of learning, the rewards are amazing, on and off the board. You’ll not only enjoy all the physical and mental benefits that surfing has to offer, but you’ll also have proven to yourself that you can achieve goals that at some point seemed unattainable and boost your confidence
In addition to boosting your confidence surfing teaches humility
. As individuals in the modern world, we consistently lack the ability to understand our place on this planet. In something as vast as the ocean, that problem is solved. The moment you confront a wave the size of a building, you instantly realize how small you are.
One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned from surfing is patience
. No matter how badly you want it, you cannot force a wave to appear. You also cannot learn to surf in a week, a month or even a year. Life and surfing take more time than we want and are beyond your control. A willingness to accept the things you cannot change will affect how you live your daily life.
Lastly, surfing is known to be a very community-based sport, where you share waves and look out for one another’s safety. Studies show that most people perform better on aerobic tests when paired up with a workout buddy
, which is why CliffHanger Academy always surfs in pairs or packs (up to six of us).
For all of us at CliffHanger Academy, surfing is not simply about catching a wave, it’s a lifestyle that teaches us how to rewire our Brain, Body & Breath.