Some might refer to surfing alone as soul surfing. To most of us, surfing is a state of mind that frees us from our worries of the day. I believe surfing alone is one of the most rewarding experiences one can enjoy: complete solitude for a moment in time. Sure, it’s always fun to surf with friends, but in a land of overcrowded beaches and high-traffic lineups, it’s rare to catch your favorite break by yourself. To achieve this humbling experience, you might have to wake up pretty early, but the rewards are often worth it.
Surfing alone has pros and cons. For one, if you eat shit, no one is around to witness it. On that note, if you have the best wave of your life, no one will see it. But who cares, right? To sit on your board and look around and see nothing but blue water and the horizon is a great feeling. No people, no traffic, no work, no worries!
Some may disagree with me and say that with surfing by yourself can be boring. No “Yewws” from friends to encourage you. No exchange of conversation amongst friends. But surfing alone is the closest to Mother Nature I have ever felt. The water all around me, the warmth of the sun on my skin, the wind on my face, birds gliding by the crest of the wave. It’s a humbling experience. Before this summer ends make some time for yourself to surf alone once or twice. You won’t regret it.