It happens to all of us from time to time. We lose it in the water. Some silently, some loudly, some dangerously. Realising the impact to others will hopefully help us all to have better anger management in the surf.
I admit, I have a temper. And, when I’m in the water, if I’m surfing like sh*t, I lose it from time to time. I’m not happy about it, I’m not proud of it but it happens. It’s ugly, disruptive and leaves you and the people around you with a foul taste in their mouths.
Surfing is not only a fun sport but also a special experience: one that connects us to nature, one that represents an unending challenge to always learn, improve and grow, one that keeps us fit solely because we want to be able to surf better and for longer. For many, there is a spiritual aspect of surfing that transcends beyond the physical. It brings us a sense of peace.
Years ago, I was surfing on the South Coast of NSW with a few mates. I was having a terrible surf and being vocal about it. One of my best friends, Johnny V, pulled me aside after the session and reminded me that not only did I ruin my own surf by losing by temper but I also negatively affected those around me. I disturbed their peace, their experience and took something away from them. That is not fair. Johnny’s advice always stays with me and I notice others in the water who are visibly angry and/or yelling. It affects every one around you.
So, my apologies if I’ve disturbed your session in the past. If you tend to lose your temper in the water or elsewhere, think about how you’re affecting those around you. Do what you do to control it. Don’t be surfing’s Angry Orange!
All the best,
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