As we kiss goodbye to 2016, if you surf, we know that you are hoping 2017 brings many more opportunities to catch some juicy waves. New years are full of fresh starts and new beginnings. So as you recover from tonight’s party, consider grabbing a few of these New Year’s resolutions to start fresh and make 2017 the best surf year yet!
Resolve to Bring Wax
We all do it. We grab our board, scrounge around for some quarters to feed the meter, but we forget that bar of wax. Make 2017 the year that you don’t have to run up and down the beach looking for a bar to borrow. Check out our Surf 101 blog post on waxing your stick.
Resolve to Explore More
Break Out of the home-front rut. Don’t be afraid get out there. Nothing improves your surfing than a trip to some consistent surf. So book that trip with your friend. But, if you can’t catch the next flight to Indo. Take a drive up coast and explore someplace new. There’s nothing like a change of scenery to spark your stoke.
Resolve to Share the Waves
We live in a world of instant gratification and me, me, me. The roads are crowded, parking is hard to find and there are hardly enough waves in South Florida to go around. But, do not take all that pent-up frustration out on your fellow surfers in the water. Use wave etiquette and remember that sometimes sharing a wave with a stoked out grom can be a ton of fun!
Resolve to Keep Your Car Clean
A little sand is bound to be found in every surfer’s car but a stinky towel can be hard to tolerate after a few days. So, take a moment to clean up the ride and vacuum, grab an air freshener, or grab a plastic tub to throw those wet items in after your surf. Your friends will thank you.
Resolve to Learn a New Skill
Have you always dreamed of getting barreled, landing an air, doing a killer cutback, or just getting that duck dive down? Commit to learning at least one new surfing skill this year and then practice it each time you go out. Check out the blog throughout the year for some great tutorials. Learning something new just takes a bit of commitment, patience and perseverance. Don’t give up.
Resolve to Stretch
You do not need to be that surfer that does a full on yoga session on the beach before paddling out, but a good stretch prevents injuries, improves your range of motion, helps release tension, and that ultimately equals a better session.
Resolve to Teach Someone to Surf
Share the stoke. We all have a friend who wants to learn. Teaching a newcomer may be a pain, but this year, make the resolution to share the gift of surfing with someone new. Grab a friend and reminisce the feeling of catching your first wave. Swing by and pick up a friend for our FREE Saturday surf lessons. Better yet, consider joining our amazing team of volunteer coaches! Or, give the gift of surf and help send your favorite grom to learn a week at Island Camps.
Resolve to Do Your Part
We might not be able to clean the entire ocean but when that plastic bag floats by, grabbing it might just save a sea turtle and help keep our ocean clean for future generations.
Resolve to Expand Your Equipment Selection
Don’t get stuck. There are so many shapes to be explored. Grab a fish, shortboard, longboard, or even a stand up paddleboard and try something new. You never know how a different board can change your experience and increase your level of fun. Stop by Island’s Rental Shack and try something New in 2017. You don’t know what you could be missing.
Resolve to Take a Free Dive Course
Not only may you run into a local sea turtle, sting ray, or whale shark (see our video from Boca Inlet last month), but you will learn critical skills of breath holding and get a glimpse of how the contours of the ocean floor effects that local break you surf.
Have suggestions? We want to hear your tips for 2017. Feel free to comment below!