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The Health Benefits of Surfing: Mind, Body, and Soul

Surfing, often associated with sun-kissed beaches and the thrill of riding waves, is not only a beloved water sport but also a holistic activity that can have profound effects on your mind, body, and soul. Beyond the excitement of catching the perfect wave, surfing offers a unique combination of physical fitness, mental well-being, and a spiritual connection with nature. In this article, we’ll delve into the myriad health benefits of surfing and explore how it can positively impact every aspect of your life.

Body Benefits

Surfing offers a comprehensive workout that engages various aspects of physical fitness. The sport’s rigorous demands, including constant paddling, balance maintenance, and mastering wave riding, deliver a multifaceted exercise experience. Paddling against ocean currents strengthens the upper body, improving cardiovascular fitness and upper-body strength. Surfing also challenges the core and leg muscles, enhancing stability and lower-body strength. This combination of aerobic exercise, strength training, and increased flexibility not only sculpts the body but also aids in weight management and endurance.

Surfing’s physicality is a calorie-burning powerhouse, promoting weight management and metabolic health. The dynamic, repetitive movements during a surf session elevate the heart rate and contribute to calorie expenditure, even after leaving the water. Moreover, the sport’s flexibility demands promote limberness and adaptability, further enhancing overall physical well-being.

In summary, surfing transforms the body into a well-rounded, agile, and resilient machine. Beyond the thrill of catching waves, surfing is a path to improved physical health and a deeper connection with the ocean’s wonders.

Mind Benefits

Surfing demands an unparalleled level of mental engagement as surfers navigate the ever-changing dynamics of the ocean. Reading the subtle cues of shifting tides and waves, timing movements to perfection, and maintaining balance on the constantly shifting surface of the water all require intense focus and concentration. This mental immersion in the sport cultivates not only enhanced concentration but also a heightened state of mindfulness. Surfers become attuned to the present moment, with distractions fading into the background, fostering a sense of clarity and calm that permeates their entire being.

The mental fortitude developed through surfing extends beyond the water’s edge. Conquering challenges such as mastering formidable waves or gracefully handling wipeouts builds a profound sense of mental resilience. Surfers learn to embrace adversity and remain composed under the most challenging circumstances, a valuable skill applicable to various aspects of life. This resilience becomes a powerful tool for navigating the pressures and uncertainties of the modern world.

Surfing’s natural setting further enhances its mental benefits. The rhythmic sound of the ocean, with its soothing waves crashing against the shore, acts as a natural stress reliever. It creates an auditory backdrop that lulls surfers into a state of relaxation, effectively reducing stress levels. The sport’s requirement for complete presence in the moment, combined with the ocean’s gentle embrace, often induces profound feelings of peace and tranquility. These moments of serenity and mindfulness are not transient but contribute to sustained mental well-being, making surfing a potent therapeutic practice for those seeking inner peace and reduced stress in their lives.

Soul Benefits

The soul benefits of surfing extend far beyond the physical and mental aspects of the sport. When one paddles out into the vast expanse of the ocean, a profound connection with nature is forged. The rhythmic ebb and flow of the waves, the whisper of the wind, and the embrace of the saltwater create a spiritual communion with the natural world, fostering a sense of awe and wonder that nourishes the soul.

Riding waves embodies a sense of freedom that is unparalleled, allowing surfers to escape the constraints of everyday life and experience pure liberation. The surf community itself is often characterized by camaraderie and a shared love for the ocean, creating a sense of belonging and connection that enriches the soul.

Additionally, many surfers become fervent environmental advocates, driven by their deep appreciation for the ocean and its ecosystems, imbuing their lives with a sense of responsibility and stewardship for the environment, resulting in profound spiritual fulfilment. Ultimately, surfing is not just a sport; it’s a spiritual journey that brings individuals closer to the natural world and to themselves, fostering a deep sense of connectedness with the universe.

The Perfect Balance for a Holistic Wellness Experience

After an exhilarating day of riding the waves, there’s no better way to enhance your surf experience than by indulging in a soothing spa treatment. Surfing can be physically demanding, and a spa treatment provides the perfect opportunity to relax and rejuvenate tired muscles. Whether it’s a massage to alleviate any post-surf tension or a spa session designed to calm the mind, body, and spirit, the combination of surf and spa offers a holistic approach to well-being. It’s a delightful way to balance the thrill of the ocean with the serene tranquility of spa therapy, ensuring that your surf adventure is not only physically invigorating but also mentally and spiritually fulfilling.

COMO Maalifushi, located on the private island of Thaa Atoll, in the Maldives, epitomizes holistic wellness with its world-renowned COMO Shambhala Retreat. The retreat, set amid lush tropical gardens, provides an oasis of serenity. Here, you can immerse yourself in Ayurvedic traditions and Asian-inspired treatments. From soothing massages to invigorating facials, every therapy is designed to rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit.

Amid the pristine landscapes of Sumba Island in Indonesia, NIHI Sumba‘s award-winning Spa Safari™, Nihioka, offers an experience not to be missed. Surrounded by verdant tropical foliage and the soothing sounds of nature, guests can embark on a transformative journey of rejuvenation. Throughout the resort, you will discover numerous spaces that encourage meditation and foster a connection to oneself.

Soneva Fushi, nestled in the Maldives, provides a unique opportunity to harmonize your mind, body, and soul at Soneva Soul. This haven seamlessly blends millennia-old healing knowledge with cutting-edge science and innovation. Surrounded by the island’s dense jungle, Soneva’s wellness sanctuary draws inspiration from its serene surroundings, encouraging you to embrace the beauty of nature as you rejuvenate, restore and relax. You’ll discover sound pods playing meditative tunes and aroma pods diffusing finely crafted blends of essential oils, allowing you to relax or re-energise before or after your treatment.

Empowering Wellness

Surfing can offer unique benefits to individuals with various physical and mental conditions. For those with physical disabilities, the buoyancy of the water provides a supportive environment that can make movement easier and less painful. Adaptive surfboards and specialized equipment are available to cater to specific needs, allowing individuals to experience the thrill of riding waves regardless of their physical limitations. Moreover, the mental and emotional aspects of surfing, including enhanced mindfulness and a sense of accomplishment, can be particularly therapeutic for people dealing with conditions such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

The ocean’s soothing rhythm and the camaraderie within the surf community can provide a sense of belonging and empowerment, promoting overall well-being. Surfing truly exemplifies the inclusive and healing power of nature, making it an accessible and beneficial activity for individuals facing various challenges.


Surfing is much more than a sport; it’s a way of life that offers a holistic approach to health and well-being. The physical benefits of improved cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, and weight management are just the beginning. Surfing’s mental advantages, including stress reduction, enhanced concentration, and mental resilience, make it a powerful tool for mental health.

On a spiritual level, the connection with nature, freedom, and sense of oneness with the elements provide a profound sense of fulfilment. If you’re looking for an activity that can enrich your mind, strengthen your body, and nourish your soul, consider taking up surfing. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a beginner, the ocean has a unique way of imparting its wisdom, and the health benefits of surfing extend far beyond the waves.

Written by Delia Ruiz Malo

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Omar AlJammaz 03/07/23

Great travel options, great customer support, simplifying planing process.
Looking forward for my next trip.

Nina Ross 03/08/23

Awesome holiday to Hudhuranfushi. Giulia was very helpful and quick to respond and overall we were very impressed with Awave Travel.
Lohi's is a private, on site, awesome left hander that just kept giving. Also had options of 2 daily surf boat trips that went to other local breaks such as Sultans, Ninja's, Cokes, Jails. The surf team are amazing and we scored great waves the whole time we were there.
Stayed in a Sunset family beach villa which was perfect for a family of 4, then upgraded for the last 3 nights to Ocean Villas, both great for different reasons!
Island staff are so helpful and welcoming, and there's a good variety of food options available. Lots of other things to do such as paddleboarding, jet ski-ing, spa treatments, yoga and amazing snorkelling - with sharks, turtles and rays! We also hired bikes to get around and do morning surf checks!
An amazing trip, thank you Awave and Hudhuranfushi!

Seb Speck 25/06/23

We had an amazing time on the Mentawai islands booked through Awave Travel.
Giulia was very helpful and available at all times during the booking process. And we had the best time on the Mentawais on the Maki Boat. The staff were amazing. Raul the surf guide was very helpful, friendly and coached us on the waves. Kaique the photographer produced top quality pictures and videos from the water, boat and drone.
Overall very happy and would highly recommend it.

Tom Ward 18/06/23

We charted Seafarer for a 10 day trip in the Maldives. We booked with AWAVE about 12 months before. James was super helpful, really responsive and just easy to deal with. We even made a very last minute change to go to the central atolls which he arranged pretty much straight away. The trip itself was unreal, great surf, amazing wildlife and scenery. If you’re thinking about a surf charter, do it and book through these guys!

Natasha Gronski 06/08/23

Awave Travel is the best surf travel agency I have ever booked! They are very professional and responsive to my inquiries and are able to match me with a surf trip appropriate to my interests and skill level. They have an outstanding relationship and reputation with the resorts that they work with, which makes a difference in the consumer experience. Above all, the Awave staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the areas they recommend, as they have actually surfed the spots and stayed at the resorts. For anyone who wants a hassle-free, no worries, relaxing and fun surf adventure, Awave Travel is the way to go!

David 05/29/23

8 of us stayed at Hudhuranfushi for my 50th birthday celebration. The resort and services were amazing. James and the team at AWAVE stayed in contact from the beginning to end to ensure we had everything we needed. Great experience. Definitely looking forward to booking our next trip with AWAVE in the near future.

Alexandra Franz 05/31/23

We spent amazing days in Morocco in Amouage. Was an amazing stay and the full surf package offered by AWAVE was great.
All the people were very nice and coaches were amazing. Booking was very smooth, answered all my questions and they took care of everything.
I took the coaching package and had a great time and learning. The teacher was great, very patient and explained everything very nice and calm. Felt safe all the time and had a lot of fun as well.
My boyfriend had the guiding package and he also had a great time. He was always taken to the spots that fitted his level and enjoyed the full when conditions were nice.

Alex Reuter 05/22/23

We stayed at Ayada in Maldives and I can't be more complimentary of AWAVE! Awesome and patient advise over whatsapp on which resort to go to with extremely details local knowledge on surf conditions, wave spots, resort quality, which atolls to go to, etc. I followed their recommendation and it was spot on. Easy booking on short notice before the trip, can't thank James enough!

Stewart Cropp 05/19/23

Our remarkable trip was 12 months in the was awkward to organize because there was so many people coming and going over our two week chartered cruise.
I can’t speak highly enough of AWAVE and more to the point ,the wonderful Giulia Manfrini. She is so caring and sweet and far above and beyond any travel consultant that I have ever worked with
Thankyou Giulia for all your prompt answers to my gazillion questions
You are “Simply the best”.
Now onto the Carpe Diem
The trip of a lifetime was had by all 20 of us
The Captain and crew worked tirelessly to pander to our every whim
They would not allow us to lift a finger
Our Barmen Shawn and Cook ( still can’t pronounce his name ) were superb, the food was first class and varied and the alcohol flowed like a river
Our Surf guide “Seppe” found waves for us every day except for two while we travelled deep into the central Attols
We were greatful for the rest
We snorkeled with the sharks and visited uninhabited Islands spent an afternoon being spoiled at a high class resort .
All in all an Awsome trip

Diane 05/11/23

James helped us organize our trip in April for my partner and I in the Mentawai.
First, lets discuss the service : James was super clear and reactive. We received a list of resorts with different price ranges and he provided all the elements for us to decide based on our needs and budget. We felt very supported for the organization and we even received so advices few days before leaving for packing.
I was a bit afraid as i'm not a good surfer so i reach out many times to understand how I could still try and learn and James always replied very quick and with all the info i need.
Then when we arrive : it was super well organized, everything went smooth and we fell in love with the place and people. We can tell they really worked on their resort selection and travel organization and we trust our next adventure will be as qualitative.
Already recommended their service ;).