Nothing inspires quite like a good quote. It could be the motivation you need to go for your morning jog, hit the gym, start working, or even get out of bed.
Sometimes we need a push in the right direction.
With that said, let’s look at some inspiring quotes about waves and the ocean, motivating you to grab your board and hit the surf.
Inspirational Quotes from Duke Kahanamoku
Duke Kahanamoku, full name Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku, was an Olympic gold medalist who devoted his life to surfing. He did more to popularize this sport than anyone else and was instrumental in bringing it to the shores of California.
The 77-years that this Native Hawaiian spent on earth are an inspiration in themselves, but he also made some pretty inspiring quotes, including:
“Our water is so full of life; it's the fastest water in the world. That's all there is to it.”
“Just take your time – wave comes. Let the other guys go, catch another one.”
“I think we have to teach a lot of these kids to first be gentlemen. Try to help one another and not hog the doggone waves.”
“I like the feel of the fresh air and the salt water. I believe in keeping active.”
Motivational Quotes from Kelly Slater
Kelly Slater is a living legend and is often considered to be the greatest surfer ever. He ranked as the world number 1 on many occasions, won numerous trophies, and claimed over $4 million in lifetime earnings. Even today, with his work on artificial wave resorts, he continues to have a massive impact on the sport.
“For a surfer, it’s never-ending. There’s always some wave you want to surf.”
“Big waves are a whole different ball game. You're riding a wave with an immense amount of speed and power, generally over 10 meters. On the face of the wave, obviously, life and death thoughts start to happen.”
“For me, it's sort of like time slows down. You become hyper-aware of a lot of different things - the way the wave is breaking, timing, putting yourself in the right part of the barrel. It takes all of your mental capacity to do it just right.”
“Even a tiny little wave it's usually traveled from maybe hundreds or thousands of miles away, so it has a lot of energy. You just have to figure out how to use that energy.”
Bethany Hamilton Wave Quotes
Bethany Hamilton was immortalized in the film Soul Surfer. The champion surfer lost her arm in a shark attack when she was just 13, but that didn’t stop her from getting back on the board and facing those big waves. Hamilton is now one of the biggest names in the sport and has used her reputation to create outreach programs and help others.
“Being creative on the waves is challenging, but we each create art in our own way.”
“I don't want easy, just possible.”
“I've learned life is a lot like surfing. When you get caught in the impact zone, you need to get right back up, because you never know what's over the next wave... and if you have faith, anything is possible, anything at all”
“It's hard for me to describe the joy I felt after I stood up and rode a wave in for the first time after the attack. I was incredibly thankful and happy inside. The tiny bit of doubt that would sometimes tell me you'll never surf again was gone in one wave.”
Other Great Ocean Quotes and Beach Quotes
“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.” - Kahlil Gibran
“Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear.” – Buzzy Trent
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Feelings are much like waves: we can’t stop them from coming, but we can choose which one to surf.” – Jonatan Mårtensson
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.”
― Christy Ann Martine