25 Favourite Surfing Quotes

SUP Surfing UK’s Top 25 Surfing Quotes

With a sport as exhilarating and spiritual as surfing it’s hardly suprising that over the years there have been more than a few memorable surfing quotes. Here’s a list of our favourite surfing quotes taken from a mixture of surfing movies, surfing legends and even Captain James Cooke!

Of course this isn’t an extensive list, so if your personal favourite surfing quote hasn’t made our post, please let us know and we’ll extend the list…

Movie Surfing Quotes

Where better to start our list than with those quotes immortalised on the silver screen:

1. Point Break Surfing Quotes

“Surfing’s the source man… swear to God”
Bodhi / Patrick Swayze


“Look at it! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, man! Let me go out there and let me get one wave, just one wave before you take me in. I mean, come on man, where I am I gonna go? Cliffs on both sides! I’m not gonna paddle my way to New Zealand! Come on, compadre. Come on!”
Bodhi / Patrick Swayze


“Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true.”
Bodhi / Patrick Swayze

4. Riding Giants Surfing Quotes

“Not only were you riding down this mountain but the mountain is chasing after you and you need to figure out how to escape the mountain but also use it.”
On Big Wave Surfing


“I took off on a wave, went down the side, popped out the other end, and went, shit, I’m still alive!
Greg Noll (on surfing Waimea Bay for the fist time)”

6. Big Wednesday Surfing Quotes

“I don’t wanna be a star. Have my picture in magazines, have a bunch of kids looking up to me. I’m a drunk, Bear, a screw up. I just surf cause its good to go out and ride with your friends. I don’t even have that anymore.”
Matt Johnson


8. Apocolypse Now Surfing Quote

“Charlie don’t surf.”
Lt Col William Kilgore


Legend Surfing Quotes

Away from the movies the real life pros surfers have a lot to say on the subject too:

9. Kelly Slater Surfing Quotes

“It’s like the mafia. Once you’re in – your in. There’s no getting out”

Kelly Slater


“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


Not to sound too deep or weird, but I think that the times when you really appreciate surfing are the times you’re really sort of becoming one with nature. Surfing’s as raw of a sport as it gets.
Kelly Slater

13. Jeff Clark Surfing Quote

“It’s a culmination of your life of surfing when you turn and paddle in at Mavericks.”

Jeff Clark

14. Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Quotes

“The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun”
Duke Kahanamoku


“Out of water, I am nothing”
Duke Kahanamoku

16. Kary Mullis Surfing Quote

“Sometimes in the morning, when it’s a good surf, I go out there, and I don’t feel like it’s a bad world.”
Kary Mullis

17. Nat Young Surfing Quotes

“If in doubt, paddle out”
Nat Young

18. Buzzy Trent Surfing Quote

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

19. Jon Kabat-Zinn Surfing Quotes

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”
Jon Kabat-Zinn

20. Paul Strauch Surfing Quote

“Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you’ve done it”
Paul Strauch

21.Paul Walker Surfing Quote

“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

22. Naima Green Surfing Quote

“One of the greatest things about the sport of surfing is that you need only three things: your body, a surf-board, and a wave.”
Naima Green

23. Layne Beachley Surfing Quote

“I haven`t prepared as much as I would like to but it will be fun to get out there again. I have nothing left to prove in surfing but still have the desire to keep going.”
Layne Beachley

24. Mark Thornley Surfing Quote

“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

And Finally…

25. James Cooke Surfing Quote

“I could not help concluding this man had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and so smoothly by the sea”
Captain James Cooke

Missed any?

Right, that our top 25, what’s yours? If we’ve missed off your favourite please add it below…

7 Responses to “25 Favourite Surfing Quotes”

  1. Joel September 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Clay Marzo : “Waves are toys from God”

  2. jon L February 12, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    Kelly you’ve won 6 World Titles, what is your motivation to continue:………”SEVEN”

  3. Alana July 25, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    “… They know they can call me and I’ll say yes. No matter what. I’m always in. I don’t want to miss good waves. I want every part of it.” -Alex gray

  4. Alana July 26, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    Live to surf,surf to live ~ yancy spencer III

  5. Alana July 26, 2013 at 3:53 am #

    Surfing is more than just a sport or a hobbie is its more than that to me it’s life I mean you know you are a surfer when you’re kissing and saltwater runs out of your nose it’s the beauty of the sport. ~ unknown

  6. Hemu September 4, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    Keep Calm and Surf On :)

  7. Calsurf13 August 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    #1 was said by the grommet in the surf shop when Utah was buying his board not Bodhi. “That’s what I’m saying. It’s never too late. Hope you stick with it. Surfing’s the source, man. Can change your life. Swear to god.”

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