Here is a little secret: Most great surfers were not born great. Most of us “good surfers” were not born with gills or webbed feet. Standing on a surfboard is one of the most difficult and unnatural exercises for 99.9% of beginner surfers. Good surfers and excellent surfers become so through years of dedication. Dedication to travel, dedication to surf, dedication to wake up early in the morning for a surf instead of partying the night before and the dedication to go out in all surf conditions for one good wave.
Previous world surfing champion, John John Florence, reached the pinnacle of professional surfing through years of hard work and dedication, much like Mick Fanning, both who openly admit they are not necessarily the most naturally gifted surfer, but certainly are some of the hardest working professional surfers.
Then you have the dedication of legends like Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm during a shark attack, not only to come back and win multiple professional surf contests but she also surfed one of the world’s biggest and most dangerous waves in Hawaii, only 6 months after giving birth!
These super-human efforts are inspirational but, of course, perhaps a little out of our own surfing world. The lesson learned is to set your own targets, which our surf instructors will do with you at our surf camps and in our surf lessons, work hard and be determined to reach these targets then set off on further surf travels to accomplish the next ones!