The ocean is the one true physical connection between each continent, and by extension, each person on Earth. That alone makes it worthy of more than just one dedicated day of celebration every year, and as surfers, we know that. In fact, we do a better job of practicing it than anyone else because this is where we choose to play and live. So let’s take a minute to dig through some amazing thoughts from authors, presidents, musicians, and plenty of other inspiring figures, about just why we love the sea so much.
Now, does some of this feel a bit sappy? Sure. But if we’re being honest, saltwater kind of makes us all soft.
Happy World Oceans Day.
To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them. What stranger miracles are there? ~Walt Whitman
The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came… ~John F. Kennedy
Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away. ~Sarah Kay
And so castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually. ~Jimi Hendrix
Being out there in the ocean, God’s creation, it’s like a gift he has given us to enjoy. ~Bethany Hamilton
The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey ~Enya
How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. ~Arthur C. Clarke
Ocean: A body of water occupying two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills. ~Ambrose Bierce
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. ~Mother Teresa