Surfing has gained a huge amount of popularity over the past few years and more and more surf schools are popping up along Europe’s coastlines. Have you ever wondered why? Well, because surfing is AWESOME! Here at Star Surf Camps, we think it’s safe to say that the unbeatable adrenaline rush and the buzz of catching a wave has simply become contagious and that’s why more and more people are starting to learn to surf.
If you’ve never surfed before and are still on the fence as to whether or not you should try learning to surf for yourself, keep reading because we have put together our top 5 reasons why everyone should learn to surf!
1 | Surfing is Good for Body & Mind
Surfing is both mentally and physically a godsend for your body. Having a bad day? Feeling stressed? Need a break from your workload? Try surfing and I promise you will have no regrets. Every person I have spoken to says when they were learning to surf, one of the biggest improvements was their mental health. Being in the and connecting with the ocean is one of the most refreshing, excuse the pun, feelings there is.
Alongside an all-round toning, catching waves significantly improves your core and leg strength, as well as doing wonders for your balance. Perfecting your pop up is a great arm and upper body workout, and swimming against the waves is the perfect activity to get the blood pumping and improving your aerobic and anaerobic fitness. And you know what? You won’t even realize how much physical exertion you’ve had because learning to surf is just too much fun!… that is until you collapse on the beach after.
2 | Surfing gets you Travelling
Learning to surf can take you all over the world. With incredible spots such as Hawaii, Bali, Australia, Indonesia, Portugal and Spain, there are plenty of destinations to choose from to suit every travelers’ needs.
When you are not on your surfboard perfecting your pop up, another benefit of learning to surf in an exotic destination is the awesome opportunity to explore and soak up a new culture. The surf lifestyle usually extends outside the surf school, so why not grab your friends and spend your afternoons exploring and discovering new places. The benefits you gain from travelling in this way are one of the best reasons to pick up a surfboard and learn to surf in the first place!
3| Surfing is Fun & Sociable
Learning to surf is not dissimilar to other sports in that it is goal-orientated and will take time to perfect. Whether you are surfing for the first time, wanting to progress to green waves or even farther, setting a goal and being persistent will eventually pay off. It may take time and there will be frustrations and disappointments along the way, but the first time you either get the perfect pop up or catch your first green wave… that feeling you get will keep you coming back again and again.
At Star Surf Camps, we truly believe there is nothing better than sharing experiences with friends. What could be better than surfing all day before kicking back in the evening over a few beers and having a surf holiday full of good times, great waves and happy memories. Travelling and surfing with old and new friends is a guaranteed way to multiply your stoke and can often make the whole learning-to-surf affair easier and more enjoyable!
4 | Surfing makes you connect with Nature & Fall in Love with the Ocean
There is no better feeling than spending your day in nature and soaking up the sun. And let’s face it, you can’t get more into nature than spending your time in the ocean. Swapping the office for sandy beaches will not only do wonders for your health, but you will experience a sense of calm that can only be brought on by the ocean.
It is a well-researched fact that the sea air not only improves your mood, but will help improve your sleep cycle. Combine this with an intense surf session and you will be sleeping like a baby for the duration of your first ever surf trip. Learning to surf and falling in love with the ocean go hand in hand, and it will start to feel like a second home to you before long.
5 | That Post-Surf Feeling
The post-surf chill can be just as fulfilling and fun as learning to surf itself. Whether you are grabbing some food to replace those much-needed calories, cracking open a few cold beers with your friends or completely collapsing in a ball for a movie marathon, the post-surf relax is one of the nicest and most satisfying feelings ever. Ask anyone!
Most surf camps will offer chill-out areas, hammocks, blankets, comfy sofas and plenty of food and drink for your ultimate post-surf experience. Learning to relax and letting your body recharge is an extremely important aspect of learning to surf and is also a great time to make new friends and chat about the day’s adventures.
So, have we convinced you? There is so much more to surfing than it just being a sport. It has positive effects on both your body and mind, helps you live an exciting lifestyle full of travel and adventure, helps you reconnect with nature and make new friends.
All our Star Surf Camps surf holiday destinations are great for everyone wanting to learn to surf. Simply contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you find the right surf camp for your!
We can’t wait to be surfing with you!
Your Star Surf Camps Team