The transition period from one year to the next is a curious thing. It’s a reminder that time moves in one direction, and that nobody here is getting any younger. On a lighter note, the new year is also a reminder that it’s never too late to get your affairs in order and resolve to be someone different in the year ahead, leaving the old you in the year behind. As a general rule, surfers have things pretty well figured out – we’re pretty lucky to have the time and resources to be able to play in the ocean with any sort of regularity. Still, if you’re the type who makes formal New Year’s resolutions, here are a handful you might consider for 2018.
1. Scowl less, smile more
We’re playing in the ocean because it’s a fun thing to do. Might as well let your facial expression reflect that.
2. Paddle out more often, no matter what the waves look like
So often we look at forecasts on our phones or computer or pull up to our local disappointed with what Mother Nature’s provided. A go-no-matter-what, no expectations attitude is the antidote. Who knows, you might find a day to be surprisingly fun when you normally would have slept in.
3. Rinse thy suit
Make 2018 the year the inside of your car doesn’t smell like a dead seal because you forgot to rinse and hang up your wetsuit.
4. Try new shapes
We live in a renaissance of surfboard design. Whereas once you’d be hard-pressed to find a surf shop selling anything other than high-performance shapes, now there are a myriad of options available out there. If you haven’t experimented – either borrowing a friend’s board or ordering one for yourself – there’s no better time than now.
5. Eat better
The quintessential New Year’s resolution is some variation of getting healthy. Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, you might consider eating healthier in 2018. You’ll be amazed how much better you feel waking up for dawn patrol.
6. Make a friend at your local lineup
If you’re the type that likes to fly under the radar at your local, consider drumming up a friendly conversation with someone next to you. Spreading good vibes is what it’s all about (see also #1).
7. Plan that surf trip you’ve been dying to take
The funny thing about surf travel is even if you don’t score, the people you meet along the way and the memories you accumulate are worth their weight in gold. Not to mention, there are plenty of ways to travel on even the tightest of budgets.
Did we forget any? Tell us your New Year’s resolution in the comments!