30 Best Surfing Quotes of All Time

Learning to surf takes months of hard work and practice. For surfers, surfing is like meditation; they forget the world when they play with the waves.

Inspirational surfing quotes spark the interest of generations of surfers. The 30 best surfing quotes of all time are not just words; they tell stories and define a lifestyle.

The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.

Phil Edwards
Surfing meme by Phil Edwards

There are a million ways to surf, and as long as you’re smiling you’re doing it right.


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 an 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.     


I’ve always thought surfing is a reflection of who you are.

Kelly Slater
Kelly Slater - Pro surfer quote

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
Surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku famous quote about surfing

It’s Not Tragic To Die Doing Something You Love.

Mark Foo

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

My passion for surfing was more than my fear of sharks.

Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off.

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

Surfing’s one of the few sports that you look ahead to see what’s behind.

Laird Hamilton
Surfing quote by Laird Hamilton

I took off on a wave, went down the side, popped out the other end, and went, shit, I’m still alive!

Greg Noll

Surfing in crowds is like mind over matter. If I don’t mind it don’t matter.

Brodus Rogers

Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you’ve done it.

Paul Strauch

The three most important things in life: surf, surf, surf.

Jack O’Neill

Sometimes in the morning, when it’s a good surf, I go out there, and I don’t feel like it’s a bad world.

Kary Mullis

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

What I love the most about surfing is that it’s my first love. It’s the first thing I can remember being consumed by.

Stephanie Gilmore

Surfing leads you through life, especially when you’re young and with hope in your heart.

Tom Blake

I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it’s almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time.

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

Surfing frees everything up, it’s just the best soul fix. Life should be stress-free, and that’s what surfing is all about. It’s something you do in your sleep, with your eyes closed; it’s something you’ll constantly embrace and be passionate about, and whatever it takes, you’re gonna do it, because nothing else in the world can give you that kind of self-esteem.

Rell Sunn

Surfing is the most blissful experience you can have on this planet, a taste of heaven.

John McCarthy

Surfing is a secret garden, not easily entered. My memory of learning a spot, of coming to know and understand a wave, is usually inseparable from the friend with whom I tried to climb its walls.

William Finnegan

Waves are like women, you can never get enough of them, always want a better, more dangerous one, and occasionally you get dumped.

Robert Black

Surfing’s a more profound kind of sport than it looks. When you surf, you learn not to fight the power of nature, even if it gets violent.

Haruki Murakami

Surfing is for life.

Bruce Jenkins

Surfing is not something you retire from.


Quotes about surfing are timeless — they spark the interest of generation after generation of surfers.

The best surfing quotes are not just words; they tell stories. They help us understand the past and connect with people’s cultures. They give us an idea of how they spent their lives on the shore of an ocean.

Iconic surfers have conveyed historic truths and divulged their best memories through inspirational surfing quotes. To know more about the 10 best surfers of all time and understand what made them that, click on this link!

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