International Surfing Day Jokes, Quotes, and FAQs for Surfers (and fans)

International Surfing day celebrates the sport of surfing and the surfing lifestyle.

The day places an emphasis on the importance of the environmental impact of activities in the sea and the sustainability of ocean resources.

With the quotes and captions below, hopefully, you’ll capture some of the spiritual nature of surfing.

When is International Surfing Day?

International Surfing Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of June. This year, you can catch the wave on Saturday, June 19, 2021.

International Surfing Day

Fun Facts

Surfing is one of the oldest sports on Earth. It was first observed by Europeans on a ship in Tahiti back in 1767.

The International Surfing Day was established in 2005 by the Surfrider Foundation and other organizations.

September 20 is California Surfing Day. Surfing is California’s official state sport. 

The first official surf contest took place at Corona Del Mar, California, in 1928.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the most surfers to ever get on the same board was 47. 

Kelly Slater brought in three million dollars as the nine-time world champion surfer in 2009. He is the highest-paid surfer.

The longest surf ride ever recorded was 3 hours and 55 minutes.

Cameron Diaz is a surfer and has broken her nose four times surfing as proof. 

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Ways to Celebrate International Surf Day

  • Learn to surf.
  • Surf and ride the waves.
  • Clean up a beach.
  • Support your local surf shop.
  • Share a wave with friends.
  • Learn about the history of surfing. 
  • Watch a movie about surfing.

Surfing Terms and Slang

Wipeout: Falling from your board when riding a wave.

Hang Five: Riding a surfboard with one foot placed on the nose of the board and five toes hanging over the nose.

Hang Ten: Riding a surfboard with one foot placed on the nose of the board and all ten toes hanging over the nose.

Dude: A surfing enthusiast.

Leggie: The cord that connects your ankle to the surfboard so it doesn’t wash away when you wipe out.

Kook: Surfer who endangers another surfer.

Stoked: Extremely excited and happy.

Grom: A young and inexperienced surfer

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum – Founded 1986

Surfing Jokes

How do surfers say “hi” to each other?
They wave.

What’s a surfer’s favorite piece of clothing?
Tube socks.

Why didn’t the surfer ride the glassy waves?
Because he heard they were breaking!

What did the wave say to the surfer?
Have a swell time!

How do surfers clean themselves? 
They wash up on shore! 

What detergent do surfers use to wash their wet suit? 

Surfing Quotes

Get Inspired with our surfing quotes and then hit the waves.

Surf and feel your life be changed forever.
Nossa Company

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

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
John Kabat-Zinn

The three most important things in life: surf, surf, surf.
Jack O’Neill

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

Out of the water, I am nothing.
Duke Kahanamoku

Surfing is like life. Every wave and every day are different. 

There is no one right way to ride a wave.
Jamie O’Brien

There’s an independence to surfing, it’s just you and the ocean. There aren’t a bunch of rules.
Lee Clow

Check out 73 Inspirational Surfing Quotes page.

Surf Sayings

Going to places where you can find those waves where you still have it to yourself; that’s one of the most special things in surfing. There’s so much coastline that’s still undiscovered.
Chris Malloy

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

If in doubt, paddle out.
Nat Young

Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear.
Buzzy Trent

It’s like the mafia. Once you’re in-you’re in. There’s no getting out.
Kelly Slater

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

Cool Surfing Quotes

There are a million ways to surf, and as long as you’re smiling, you’re doing it right.

Surfing gets your soul; once you feel the wave lift you up and thrust you forward, you begin to realise how powerful but beautiful mother nature is and how vast the universe really is; this can’t help but smile on your face in absolute awe of how beautiful it is to have participated in life. 
Fisher Cannon

I think it’s just the spirit of adventure. People get excited about travel and the unknown when you’re going out to a wave that maybe nobody’s ever surfed before. It’s just the whole spirit of exploration.
Richie Fitzgerald

I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it’s almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time.
Kelly Slater

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

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

I wanted to be the best shaper in the world – except, you later realize, there’s no such thing.
Al Merrick

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

Inspirational Surfing Quotations

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

Surfing in crowds is like mind over matter. If I don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
Brodus Rogers

Surfing expresses a pure yearning for visceral, physical contact with the natural world. 
Matt Warshaw

The balance and patience factors are much more critical in surfing than they are in snowboarding; if you’re out surfing serious waves and you wipe out, you don’t land on soft snow. It’s usually either very sharp coral, or you get raked across the beach gravel and sand while you’re tumbling underwater.
Frederick Lenz

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Andre Gide

Some people travel to surf, but lots of times, I feel like I surf so I can travel.
Chris Malloy

Surfing is good for the soul; worries seems to drift away as you scan the horizon for the next wave. 
Ed Daley

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

Instagram Captions

  • Life is an adventure. Enjoy the ride.
  • Surf days. Good days.
  • Sea you on the next wave.
  • Learning to go with the flow.
  • Just let me surf.
  • Life’s a beach. Find your wave.
  • If there’s a will, there’s a wave.
  • Tangled hair, don’t care.
  • Stay salty. Stay wild.
  • Toes on the nose.
  • Good vibes happen on the tides.
  • All my troubles wash away in the water.

Hashtags for Surfing

  • #MakeWaves
  • #HangLoose
  • #SunSandSurf
  • #LiveLifeSurf


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