Ode to Surfing: List of the Best Quotes by Famous Surfers

Surfing quotes by famous surfers; picture of ocean cliff waves hitting rocks at sunrise and sunset

Surfers live on every continent because surfing is a universal joy. It has existed for thousands of years. The ocean has beckoned people for a long time and individuals have answered by sculpting surfboards and perfecting techniques to ride the waves. As an ode to this long-lasting sport, here’s a list of surfing quotes made by famous surfers.


The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.
Phil Edwards


Out of water, I am nothing.
Duke Kahanamoku


My passion for surfing was more than my fear of sharks.
Bethany Hamilton


Surfing is attitude dancing.
Gerry Lopez


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 under-appreciated 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


Style is a natural extension of who you are as a person.
Mark Richards


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’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


If you’re having a bad day, catch a wave.
Frosty Hesson


If in doubt, paddle out.
Nat Young


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