100 Greatest Surfing Quotes

Surfing is one of the most challenging sports in the world, and those who surf are die-hard fans. With over 23 million surfers worldwide, surfing is considered a niche sport. Certainly not underground, surfing statistics indicate that the global surf industry generates around $22 billion in revenue from gear. So if you are a die-hard surf fan, doesn’t look like you’re the only one!

Here’s a list of my favorite surfing quotes from the greats like Kelly Slater to Laird Hamilton. I hope these quotes inspire to go out there and catch some waves and creates memories worth a lifetime. Let’s get into it.

100 Greatest Surfing Quotes

Surf Quotes on Learning and Life

Surf Quotes on Learning and Life
  • “When life gives you rough waves, surf’em.” – Duke Kahanamoku
  • “I’m Just A Surfer Who Wanted To Build Something That Would Allow Me To Surf Longer.” – Jack O’Neill
  • “Waves Are Not Measured In Feet And Inches, They Are Measured In Increments Of Fear.” – Buzzy Trent
  • “Waves Are Not Measured In Feet And Inches, They Are Measured In Increments Of Fear.” – Buzzy Trent
  • “Surfing to me is like playing music. You play different melodies with different boards.” – Skip Frye
  • “I don’t need sponsors. I surf better when I’m broke anyway.” – Dave Parmenter

Short Surfing Quotes

Short Surfing Quotes
  • “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.” – Phil Edwards
  • “There are a million ways to surf, and as long as you’re smiling you’re doing it right.” – Unknown
  • “One of the greatest things about the sport of surfing is that you need only three things: your body, a surf-board, and a wave.” – Naima Green
  • “Surf and feel your life be changed forever.” – Nossa Company
  • “There’s independence to surfing, it’s just you and the ocean. There aren’t a bunch of rules.” – Lee Clow
  • “Surfing is like life. Every wave and every day are different.” – Unknown
  • “I’ve always thought surfing is a reflection of who you are.” – Kelly Slater
  • “Surfing for me is more than my lifestyle; it’s my passion, my love, and it’s a part of me.” – Bethany Hamilton
  • “Out Of Water, I Am Nothing.” – Duke Kahanamoku
  • “It’s Not Tragic To Die Doing Something You Love.” – Mark Foo

Epic Surfing Quotes

“Surfing is my religion if I have one.”Kelly Slater

“Climbers have Everest. Surfers have Nazaré.” António Silva

All I care about, to be honest, is surfing. I love surfing more than anything. To me, there’s nothing like that. Brody Jenner

“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

“We’re all equal before a wave.” Laird Hamilton

  • ”Surfing is for life.” Bruce Jenkins
  • “The place where I grew up is the center of surfing. Everyone who grows up on the North Shore surfs, and from October to March, you have the best waves in the world within a 5- to 7-mile stretch. I grew up in the center of these incredible sunsets and all these incredible waves. And then we have the Triple Crown of Surfing.” John John Florence
  • Surfing is the most blissful experience you can have on this planet, a taste of heaven. John McCarthy
  • “Surfing for me is more than my lifestyle; it’s my passion, my love, and it’s a part of me.” Bethany Hamilton”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
  • “Sliding a wave removes our brains out of the ordinary and slips us into the extraordinary of being there now… When you enter the domain of an ocean cylinder, that moment, those split seconds belong to the Zen part of just being. Period.” Bill Hamilton
  • “Surfing makes me happy, so that’s just what I’m going to keep doing.” Alana Blanchard“Go strip off your clothes that are a nuisance in this mellow clime. Get in and wrestle with the sea; wing your heels with the skill and power that reside in you, hit the sea’s breakers, master them, and ride upon their backs as a king should.” Jack London”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
  • “Surfing is attitude dancing.” Gerry Lopez
  • “I kind of quit surfing when I got out of high school, but then a few years ago I started to take it up again. I’m not an expert by any means, but it’s so wonderful to get out in the ocean and get a different perspective on things.” Jeff Bridges“The biggest sin in the world would be if I lost my love for the ocean.” Laird Hamilton
  • “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

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

“Surfing is a release from exploding tensions of 20th-century living, escaping from the hustling, bustling city world of steel and concrete, a return to nature’s reality.” Fred Wardy

“One of the greatest things about the sport of surfing is that you need only three things: your body, a surf-board, and a wave.” Naima Green

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

“There’s an independence to surfing, it’s just you and the ocean. There aren’t a bunch of rules.” Lee Clow

“Wiping out is an under-appreciated skill.” Laird Hamilton

Inspirational Surfing Quotes

  • “Surfing is a way to be free.” – Lisa Anderson
  • “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 Warsaw
  • “One of the greatest things about the sport of surfing is that you need only three things: your body, a surf-board, and a wave.” – Naima Green
  • “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
  • “The best wave of your life is still out there.” – Steve Hawk
  • “The three most important things in life: surf, surf, surf.” – Jack O’Neill
  • “Surfing to me is like playing music. You play different melodies with different boards.” – Skip Frye
  • “Work to surf, surf to work!” – Andrew Cotton
  • “Never drive away from good surf.” – Roger Sharp
  • “Surfing’s one of the few sports that you look ahead to see what’s behind.” – Laird Hamilton

Surfing Quotes Rundown

If you love surfing and the community around it, the lifestyle values, and the lessons learned, I hope you enjoyed these surfing quotes. One of the greatest things about surfing is it’s connection surfers have with the elements and the skill required to become a great surfer.

Keep surfing and stay safe out there!

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