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Words of Oceanic Wisdom - My Top 25 Surfing Quotes

Updated on September 14, 2014


Top 25 Surfing Quotes


Top 25 Surfing Quotes

This is merely a list of my top 25 surfing quotes, words of wisdom which have inspired me to succeed in becoming a better surfer, continuously seeking ways of improving, both in physical and mental aspects of the sports.

01. "Eddie would go"

An inspiring quote for always getting out there amongst the blue battleground, no matter how tough it looks like, referring to the late Eddie Aikau, he was a legendary lifeguard and surfer on the North Shore of Hawaii, surfing waves that no one else would dare to. That's where the saying came from -- Eddie would go, when no else would or could. Rest in peace.

02. "I like to tell people who never surf that surfing is like taking a shower, except it lasts a lifetime. We are the lucky few who get to play in Gods soup and we are better humans because of it."

Bill Hamilton

03. “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

04. “Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you've done it.”

Paul Strauch

05. “You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

06. “Out of water, I am nothing”

Duke Kahanamoku

07. “When the surfs up, your life is too”

Wilhelm Sverdvik

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

Wilhelm Sverdvik

09. “It’s like the mafia. Once you’re in, you’re in. There’s no getting out.

Kelly Slater

10. “Okay, shit, I guess this is a good day to die!"

Spoken by Gerry Lopez, the famous Hawaiian surfer, on tow surfing into a massive wave at Peahi / Jaws.

11. "That's the lemon next to the pie"
Bear from the surf film “Big Wednesday”

12. “You should have been here yesterday. We had a sweet swell yesterday.”

Cody Maverick from the animated surf movie “Surfs Up”. This is the typical comment you get if you missed out on a session by your friends and loved ones, and believe me, almost nothing can be as frustrating as getting told how great the session (which you missed out on) was.

13. [Lying on his surfboard in the water with Lani and Cody in the beautiful sunset] “This is what it's all about. What could be better than this?”

Big-Z from the animated surf movie “Surfs Up”.

14. “As for my own surfing, let's just say that when the waves start pushing 10 feet, I get this tremendous urge to make a sandwich.”

Bruce Jenkins

Top 25 Surfing Quotes



15.  “Well I'm always working on constantly everything. I never take the approach that I'm doing as well as I possibly can... I always think there's more and I think if you don't have that, you are not driven to be better.”

Kelly Slater


16.  "Surfing soothes me, it's always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I'm on a wave. "

Paul Walker


17.  “It's all about where your mind's at.”

Kelly Slater


18.  “Surfing is for life.”

Bruce Jenkins


19.  “The joy of surfing is so many things combined, from the physical exertion of it, to the challenge of it, to the mental side of the sport.”

Kelly Slater


20.   "I took off on a wave, went down the side, popped out the other end, and went, shit, I'm still alive!"

Greg Noll (on surfing Waimea Bay, Hawaii, for the 1st time)


21.  "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 (surfer)


22.  "For those searching for something more than just the norm. We lay it all down, including what others call sanity, for just a few moments on waves larger than life. We do this because we know there is still something greater than all of us. Something that inspires us spiritually. We start going downhill, when we stop taking risks."

Laird Hamilton (big wave surfer)


23.  "Who is this man? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey Him."

Quoted from the Bible


24.  "Sliding a wave removes our brains out of the ordinary and slips us into the extra ordinary of being there now. No more worries about mortgages or strife of being poor or rich. When you enter the domain of an ocean cylinder, that moment, those split seconds belong to the Zen part of just being. Period."

 Bill Hamilton (surfer/shaper)


25.  "The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun"

Unknown author, but oh so true, it is all about enjoying yourself and having a good time with those you love and care about.


Hope you liked these surfing quotes as much as I do, and that you (even though you might not be a surfer) can  find some inspiration and motivation to go out there and aspire to be the best you can. You are going to go far, if you just keep walking my brothers and sisters.

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      greg 4 years ago

      The quote is "The best surfer in the world... is the one having the most fun." by Keala Kennelly in the movie Step Into Liquid

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      Kyle Ross (Froth3r) 5 years ago

      Hey, I'm Kyle, I'm a 12 year old surfer from Phillip Island.

      I love these quotes, keep them coming.

      Here are a few of mine:

      "Surfing defines me, without surfing, I'm nothing"

      "Surfing is a bug, it infects you and eats away at you, it becomes your everything"

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      laura~mae 5 years ago

      hi im 14 and i grasp evry word of these quotes and understand them i do surf myself and love it and i think that each quote is insainly correct. good job !

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      bluemonkeyweb 6 years ago from Warwick

      very interesting quotes, it's amazing what surfers come out with sometimes!

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      toddwertz 6 years ago

      Inspiring quotes! Thanks for posting them.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great surfing quotes! :) Katie

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      Sean 6 years ago

      number 25 was said by Keala Kennelly in Step into liquid. Just thought id give her credit cause that's a dope quote

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      Resolver2009 7 years ago from Bournemouth, UK / Oslo, Norway

      Thanks Nayothara! Glad you liked the quotes!

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      Nayothara 7 years ago

      Wow! Enjoy reading.. And yes interesting.

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      Resolver2009 7 years ago from Bournemouth, UK / Oslo, Norway

      Thank you Barbergirl! Hehe, are you really going to let a little bit of fear stopping you? Who knows, you might be a natural. I say go for it! Looking forward to seeing the pictures of you 'tubing' @ Pipeline Hawai'i ;)

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Great quotes - if I wasn't so darn scared of water - I might even think about going surfer just to feel the way those surfers feel!

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      Resolver2009 7 years ago from Bournemouth, UK / Oslo, Norway

      Thank you Triosol! :) Warmly appreciated

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      triosol 7 years ago

      Great Quotes. Keep Writing