Senior Surfing 101: What Every Aspiring Silver Surfer Should Know

August 3, 2023

The sound of waves crashing, the salty scent of the ocean, and the thrill of catching a perfect wave—these are not just the joys of young adrenaline junkies. An increasing number of older individuals are realizing that the surfing life isn’t just for the young, but for the young at heart. 

Here at Beach Break, we welcome surfers of all ages and backgrounds, including older surfers. We often have the pleasure of hosting older individuals, whether they come as groups of friends or solo adventurers. It's truly a delight to witness the sheer fun they experience and the incredible progress they make during their stay. 

In this blog post, we will delve into the benefits of senior surfing, address common concerns, and provide tips for those eager to start their journey on the waves. 

A senior woman enjoy riding the waves with her surfboard

Why Senior Surfing is Beneficial

More and more seniors are embracing surfing, not just for its adventurous appeal but for its multitude of benefits.

Physical Benefits

  • Cardiovascular Health: Senior surfing is an excellent cardiovascular workout. From paddling to standing tall on the board, every movement engages the heart, promoting healthy circulation.
  • Strength and Balance: Mastering the waves requires core strength and impeccable balance, elements of physical fitness that are crucial as we age.
  • Flexibility and Agility: Senior surfing challenges and enhances one's range of movements, aiding in retaining flexibility and agility.
A senior woman with her surf instructor exiting the water with their surfboards

Mental Benefits

  • Boosting Mood and Reducing Stress: The ocean has an intrinsic therapeutic touch. Engaging in senior surfing releases endorphins, our body's natural feel-good hormones.
  • Enhancing Focus and Concentration: Surfing demands a keen sense of timing, observation, and concentration. Regularly hitting the waves sharpens these skills.
  • Building a Sense of Accomplishment: Every wave caught brings with it a sense of pride, even more so when senior surfing becomes a newfound passion in later years.
  • Cultivating Community Bonds: Surfing introduces you to a vibrant, diverse community. It's as much about riding waves as it is about connecting with fellow enthusiasts and forging new friendships in the lineup.

An older gentleman walking from the shore in front of the camera while holding his surfboard

Common Questions About Senior Surfing Answered

  • Q: Is senior surfing safe?
    A: Absolutely. As with any sport, there are challenges. However, by picking the right conditions, using appropriate equipment, and understanding the basics, you can minimize risks. Always be aware of weather and sea conditions, and don't hesitate to seek advice when unsure.
  • Q: What if I have physical limitations?
    A: Every surfer, regardless of age, begins with the basics. While you might face certain physical challenges, they're not roadblocks. It's wise to consult with healthcare professionals before hitting the waves, but remember that surfing is adaptable to various fitness levels.
  • Q: What equipment is best for older beginners?
    A: For senior surfing, longer and wider boards generally offer better stability. They're a great choice for those just starting out. Foam boards are a popular choice as they are soft, buoyant, stable, and catch waves more easily. At Beach Break, we offer a diverse range of surfboards to suit your needs, and our knowledgeable staff is always on hand to guide you to the perfect pick.
  • Q: How do I choose the right wave?
    A: Not all waves are created equal. For those new to surfing, aim for smaller, more manageable waves to gradually build your skills and confidence. For instance, Playa Venao boasts waves suitable for beginners, but if you're up for a challenge, bigger waves are just a paddle away.
  • Q: Will I fit in? I'm worried I'll be the odd one out as an older surfer.
    A: No worries! The surfing community is diverse, with a mix of ages and backgrounds. Whether it's on the beach or in the waves, you're bound to connect with like-minded souls. And if you're traveling with friends, it only adds to the fun and camaraderie.
  • Q: How can I get started or refresh my skills?
    A: If you're new to surfing or if it’s been a while, you’ll want to enlist the help of a surf instructor and give yourself a few days to get the hang of it. A 5-day surf camp at Beach Break will provide a solid base. For a deeper dive and connection with the waves, consider a 7-10 day retreat.

An older gentleman riding the wave while standing on his surfboard, smiling.

Tips for Embarking on Your Senior Surfing Journey

Taking the first step towards any new adventure can be daunting, but with the right guidance and mindset, senior surfing can become an enriching experience. Here's how to set yourself up for success:

  • Starting Slow: As the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. Senior surfing is no exception. Begin with gentle waves, allowing yourself to familiarize with the water and the board, gradually pushing boundaries as you gain confidence.
  • Choosing the Right School or Instructor: As you delve into senior surfing, ensure you're learning from the best. Seek instructors familiar with training older beginners—they'll be attuned to your unique needs and concerns.
  • Time Investment: Starting out or returning to surfing after a long hiatus? It’s crucial to give yourself ample time on the board. Surfing isn't a weekend endeavor; consistent practice is key. For beginners or those brushing up, we recommend a minimum 5-day surf camp experience. To truly immerse and feel the rhythm, consider a 7-10 day retreat.
  • Find Your Surf Community: Surfing isn’t just about the waves; it’s about the camaraderie. Consider planning a surf camp vacation with old friends—it’s a perfect reunion idea! And don’t be surprised if you make new friends in the waves or at the bar. The surf community is diverse and welcoming, always up for some shared tales from the tide!

The vast and welcoming embrace of the ocean doesn't discriminate with age. Senior surfing is more than just a sport; it's a celebration of life, a tribute to the ageless human spirit that thrives on challenges, growth, and joy. 

Whether you're in your 50s, 60s, 70s, or beyond, the surf beckons, promising thrill, tranquility, and a community that cherishes every moment on the wave.

Ready to embrace the exhilarating world of senior surfing? 

At Beach Break Hotel and Surf Camp, we're here to guide your journey. Whether you're looking to dip your toes for the first time or dive deep into the waves, we offer tailored surf camps and retreats designed with you in mind. 

Contact us today to learn more about our offerings. We'd be thrilled to help you organize your perfect surf vacation and introduce you to the endless joys of surfing. Your ideal wave awaits; let us help you ride it.

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