For me, the biggest benefit was related to mental health. When you’re surfing, you’re going out, getting some fresh air, nice sunlight, and enjoying beautiful views. It’s also a great way to meet new and interesting people.
The surfing community is very tightly knit in various areas of the world, so when I traveled, I could just walk into a surf shop Cornwall like this one and strike up a conversation with the crowd there. Ask about local surfing spots. It was a great way to meet people.
And of course, there is the mastery aspect of it — it feels very good to get better at surfing, especially as you step up your game and move on to more advanced boards and more exciting beaches. Surfing is also a good workout. If you do it regularly, you’ll notice your fitness level improving in no time, and that is great for your overall health, of course.