Sometimes all you need is a quote about the ocean…


A collection of quotes about the ocean and surf… all with an underlying zen motif.  Enjoy!

Waves keep coming, that’s the one thing you can count on in life – Gerry Lopez

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf – anonymous

for whatever we lose (like you or me), It’s always ourselves we find in the sea – e.e. Cummings

Nobody really tells you how to surf a wave. You just go out there and do what you like doing – Sofia Mulanovich

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 

You gotta paddle your little heart out. You can’t hesitate, you can’t pull back, you can’t hold back. No fear, alright? – luau MC in the movie Blue Crush

High risk has been a part of shamanic traditions going back to the beginning of time. We’re calling it surfing. They called it a vision quest. The aborigines called it a walkabout. – Steven Kotler

When you’re dealing with the ocean you never stop making mistakes, but the key is just to be able to learn from them instead of bashing your head against the wall – Chris Ward

You’re savagely knocked off your board. The water’s rushing way too fast all around you. You’re completely submerged. Your board is directly overhead, and when you thrust it upward to try to emerge, another wave clobbers you and you’re stuck under the water for another wave, or anothercycle, or several cycles… If you’ve gotten up on your board, you’re actually surfing. But if you’ve been knocked off and held under while waiting out a nasty conversation beaten multi-directional currents, to me that’s real surfing. – Lisa Polisar

The Zen state culminates in the ride, on the wave, where all natural elements and human senses fuse into a spontanious transformation of (no) consciousness, experienced in an absolute timeless moment. – Jack Reilly

It’s a wonderful feeling whether you catch a wave or not. It’s a bit like fishing. You’re out there, you’re part of nature, you’re sitting in the ocean, looking at the land. Most other times, it’s the other way around. You’re sitting out and looking at the ocean. There’s something about it that gives you a different perspective on life. It’s a wonderful metaphor, catching a wave, for how you can look at other challenges in your life. – Jeff Bridges


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