Surfing. It’s so much more than a sport or hobby. Surfing is a way of life, and odds are the mere mention of the word will conjure images of sun-kissed beaches, blue water, and carefree attitudes. The reality of surfing, however, is far more magical. If you go beneath the surface, you’ll find that surfing provides its disciples with a healthy outlet of self expression, and a lifetime of excellent physical condition. Additionally, spending your time deciphering the ever changing ocean tends to instill a calm, acute awareness of one’s surroundings, and a deep connection to and appreciation for the natural world. You’re also likely to become more knowledgeable about weather than the person who points at a green screen for a living on your local news channel. On top of all this, the quest to ride waves has taken most devotees around the world to exotic and remote locations, providing incredible cultural and life experiences. If there is another sport/hobby that can do all of this for an individual, we don’t know what it is. Still not convinced? Let’s break down what is actually occurring when a wave is ridden. Energy generated by a storm often hundreds, if not thousands of miles away, was transferred into the ocean, traveled across said ocean, and unleashed its fury on a beach or reef in an explosive and powerful culmination. By catching and riding a wave, a surfer is harnessing the energy of a hurricane, winter storm, or trade wind at its most violent point for his or her enjoyment.