Surfing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old surfing quotes, surfing sayings, and surfing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The rule of surfing is never tell anyone where you go.     

John Slattery

When the surfs up, your life is too.     

Wilhelm Sverdvik

The only one whom can whisper to you the ways of the surf, is the wind.     

Wilhelm Sverdvik

There are no more committed people on the planet than surfers. We fall down a lot. We turn around, paddle back out, and do it over and over again. Unlike anything else in life, the stoke of surfing is so high that the failures quickly fade from memory.     

Gary Sirota

Not to sound too deep or weird, but I think that the times when you really appreciate surfing are the times you're really sort of becoming one with nature. Surfing's as raw of a sport as it gets.     

Kelly Slater

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. But when life hands you hurricanes, you go surfing.     

Jon Foreman

Waves are toys from God.     

Clay Marzo

When life gives you rough waves, surf'em.     


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

I feel my absolute best physically, mentally and spiritually when I'm surfing every day.     

Marisa Miller

If in doubt, paddle out.     

Nat Young

There is nothing, nothing, more sad than a surfer who used to surf.     

Old Surfer Sage

Never drive away from good surf.     

Roger Sharp

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

Kelly Slater

I don't think anyone gets to the end of their life and wishes they had surfed less.     

Bradley Hook

Surfing for me is more than my lifestyle; it's my passion, my love, and it's a part of me.     

Bethany Hamilton

In surfing, coming to terms with death -- or at least the possibility -- is an ongoing crisis in big waves. The set is building outside, and it's so beautiful, aesthetically. People are watching in awe from the beach: the blue water, the stiff offshore winds, the 40-foot walls charging in from the open ocean. If you're out there with nothing but your body, your wits and a surfboard, that set can be your coffin.     

Bruce Jenkins

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

John McCarthy

It looks easy, like surfing, but surfing is hard too.     

George Eads

I'm surfing the giant life wave.     

William Shatner