How Surfers let their Hair Down

The life of a surfer is exactly that – a lifestyle and one which has been the envy of many a person for as long as the distinction has been made between an “ordinary” life and the life of a surfer. Even professional wave-chasers of this kind look like they have all the time in the world to soak in the often beautiful surroundings of their seaside “offices” so you can bet your bottom dollar that the more leisurely surfers generally go through life without too much to worry themselves about.

So if the wave-riding equivalent of a don’t-worry-be-happy type character always appears to be taking it easy, how then do surfers let their hair down?

The perpetual wave-itch

If you’ve been justifiably intrigued by any of the popular surfer-speak, you would have definitely heard the one which goes: “If you’re itching for the waves, the only lotion is the ocean!” It is indeed a perpetual itch surfers appear to have for the waves, so much so that they can’t seem to stay away from the water. With Atoll paddle board under arm, they very quickly make their way back to the water for a bit of a calmer way to enjoy it.

So paddle-boarding is probably not so surprising as a favourite among surfers to enjoy a bit of “down time.” Not only do they enjoy it by themselves, but with fellow surfers and other paddle boarders with whom they can perhaps have a bit of banter.

Beach is life

Life is most certainly a beach in the lives of surfers and pretty much their entire lives revolve around the seaside. When they’re not surfing, the likelihood is that they’re thinking about the next time they’ll be able to catch that big wave, or they could be sanding their boards and honing their skills on dry land.

It’s not uncommon for someone you see taking a long walk along what appears to be a beach they’re very familiar with to stop for a chat and tell you all about “the surf,” because in line with the spirit of life being all about the beach, surfers do indeed enjoy taking in the scenery in this way.

Beach parties are the order of the day as well and at times you might spot a surfer by their surfing gear, but it’s somewhat of well-kept secret that surfers see something like a beach-bar as the perfect complementary income-generation channel!

Gear maintenance

Often what you’ll find is that a surfer bears an interest in many other seaside activities, one of which is snorkelling. Paddleboards come into view once again as a complementary companion to their actual surfboards, with suppliers such as reporting a considerable percentage of their repeat customers being surfers.

All manner of different types of paddle boards make for great companions for activities such as snorkelling, as boarders can often be seen carrying their snorkelling gear, looking for the perfect spot at which to “dock” their paddle boards and relax with a bit of a different perspective of the water they often catch the breakers over.

Krissy Georgiadis

Written by Krissy Georgiadis

Law graduate and wanderlust sufferer. I like rum and beaches.