The best surfing quotes of all time

Legendary surf quotes have inspired many generations of wave riders. The world's greatest surfers have made historic statements and expressed unforgettable thoughts.

Surfing quotes are revolutionary, groundbreaking and inspirational. Surfers quotes add controversial point of views, humorous jokes and provoking ideas.

Duke Kahanamoku, Kelly Slater, Frosty Hesson, Andy IronsLaird Hamilton, Mark Foo, Shane Dorian, unknown authors and even James Cook and Ziggy Marley have issued great surf quotes that are used, every day, in academic works, books and speeches.

The best surfing quotes of all time may change a surfer's life forever or, alternatively, the life of anyone who has never surfed waves. Just like the best surfing catchphrases ever.

Quoting surf quotes in the right moment may also conquer the admiration of your friends, work colleague and lovers. Pick your favorite quotes on surfing, learn and impress:
"The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun"
Phil Edwards
"Out of water, I am nothing"
Duke Kahanamoku
"We're all equal before a wave"
Laird Hamilton

"Surfing's one of the few sports that you look ahead to see what's behind"
Laird Hamilton
"The biggest sin in the world would be if I lost my love for the ocean"
Laird Hamilton
"Wiping out is an underappreciated skill"
Laird Hamilton
"It's like the mafia. Once you're in - your in. There's no getting out"
Kelly Slater
"Your surfing can get better on every turn, on every wave you catch. Learn to read the ocean better. A big part of my success has been wave knowledge"
Kelly Slater
"It's all about where your mind's at"
Kelly Slater
"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
"I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it's almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time"
Kelly Slater
"I'm just a surfer who wanted to build something that would allow me to surf longer"
Jack O'Neill
"I took off on a wave, went down the side, popped out the other end, and went, shit, I'm still alive!"
Greg Noll
"It's a culmination of your life of surfing when you turn and paddle in at Mavericks"
Jeff Clark
"I surf to get tan"
Shane Dorian
"If you're having a bad day, catch a wave"
Frosty Hesson
"If in doubt, paddle out"
Nat Young
"It's not tragic to die doing something you love"
Mark Foo
"Eddie would go"
Mark Foo
"I've committed to surfing the rest of my life"
Lance Armstrong
"I try changing my surfing, which is the absolute worst thing you can do. Everyone surfs their own way. If I try to surf like someone else I look like a dork"
Andy Irons
"Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear"
Buzzy Trent
"Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you've done it"
Paul Strauch
"Surfing is for life"
Bruce Jenkins
"If there was no such thing as barrels I probably wouldn't even surf"
Clay Marzo
"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"
John Kabat-Zinn
"One drop in is an accident, two is rude, three is a twatable offence"
Roger Sharp
"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
"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
"One of the greatest things about the sport of surfing is that you need only three things: your body, a surfboard, and a wave"
Naima Green
"I've tried body surfing. It's nice"
Ziggy Marley
"Surfing is the most blissful experience you can have on this planet, a taste of heaven"
John McCarthy
"There is nothing, nothing, more sad than a surfer who used to surf"
Unknown author
"I love surfing more than cricket. It's more interesting and you meet great people"
Hansie Cronje
"There's nothing quite like surfing by yourself in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but unpredictable weather patterns, below deck accommodation, sea snakes, coral cuts and packs of reef sharks make it a trip for the committed seadog"
Mark Thornley
"Surfing, alone among sports, generates laughter at its very suggestion, and this is because it turns not a skill into an art, but an inexplicable and useless urge into a vital way of life"
Matt Warshaw
"Surfing is such an amazing concept. You're taking on Nature with a little stick and saying, 'I'm gonna ride you!' And a lot of times Nature says, 'No you're not!' and crashes you to the bottom"
Jolene Blalock
"If it swells, ride it!"
Unknown author
"I could not help concluding this man had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and so smoothly by the sea"
Captain James Cook
"Surfing's the source. Can change your life. Swear to god"
Patrick Swayze
"Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true"
Patrick Swayze

"Charlie don't surf."
Lt Col William Kilgore
"Thank God for a few free waves"
Mickey Dora

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