The term soul surfer isn’t new--it’s been around since the 1960s when a surf instrumental with the same name was created Johnny Fortune, a So-Cal guitarist who happened to be a surfer himself. But there’s a new wave of soul surfers today who are forgoing the commercialism and competitiveness that’s become such a huge part of the surfing industry for the pure joy and thrill of hitting the waves.
Surfing as a sport has continued to grow within the past 20 years, and surfers like Laird Hamilton, the late Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Sally Fitzgibbons, and Bethany Hamilton have pushed the sport and made it famous. But genuine soul surfing isn’t about scoring a perfect 10, cutting and snapping at waves, or winning heats. It’s about feeling the power of a wave, gracefully merging with that powerful energy, and taking a ride that’s so perfect everything else fades away while you’re inside that barrel.
Soul surfing doesn’t just look at surfing as a competitive sport or an athletic endeavor. Soul surfers ride for the unique lessons they learn, whether those lessons are learned during an epic wipeout or an incredible, perfect ride. It’s all about connecting with nature and the power of the sea. It’s about finding themselves as they become one with the power of the ocean.
For the new wave of soul surfers, getting out on a board is more than just a diversion for a sunny day, it’s learning how to be aware of your surroundings, being patient, disciplined, mindful, active, and hopeful. Perhaps Gerry Lopez, pipeline master, said it best: “…those moments when we completely focused on riding a wave are actually kind of spiritual…religious moments.”
When you’re a soul surfer, you want to spend every moment possible out in the waves, and while it’s great to unplug, staying connected is important, even when you’re in the water. Stay out there longer on the waves and protect your phone with Snow Lizard’s SLXtreme phone cases.