Why does surfing suck?
A wipeout followed by a trip in the ocean washing machine.
Surfing is one of the most frustrating sports in the world. Let me tell you why in a few "pain points":
Good surfing conditions (swell, period, wind, tide) are rarely synchronised, and when they are, it's too bad! You're either working, sleeping or far away from the beach.
If you don't surf or do any other sport for several weeks, you will lose a lot of stamina, which will make your next session exhausting.
There's always someone else taking the best waves seemingly effortlessly while you're struggling in the whitewater.
The ocean doesn't like you and will throw big waves at your head as you try to reach the lineup.
Nevertheless, I think surfing is the best sport in the world, so much so that it has become a lifestyle for many people:
The feeling of surfing is hard to describe. Once they try it, most people are hooked.
I don't know many surfers who stop surfing. Even when you live far away from the beach, you always come back to it. As Kelly Slater, the 11-time world surfing champion, said: "Surfing is like the mafia. Once you're in, you're in, there's no way out."
Regular surfers tend to be fit and healthy.
Because of the image created by the surfing industry, people think you're cool, attractive and relaxed.
So yeah, surfing sucks, but it's awesome!