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Why and How I Started Surfing

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by Emma Elwin on 16 August, 2017

Every now and then people ask me how I started surfing, so I thought I’d share the story about how surfing became one of the very best parts of my life.

I had just broken up with my long-time boyfriend and felt more than lost – I didn’t have a clue about what I was going to do with my life. Everything felt wrong: my work at Elle, going out and even living in Sweden. Around Christmas I went to Brazil for a month. I still felt completely lost, but life on a beach felt a lot nicer than Stockholm in December. The last week I got to borrow a board from a friend and paddled out. After catching my first wave my whole body was shaking for half an hour. The adrenaline was rushing and I could not stop smiling. The next day I bought my very first surfboard.

From that day I just knew that this was something I had to treasure, something that I HAD to hold on to. On my next trip I meet my husband (yes, we got married in France – can’t wait to show you the pictures!). He was supposed to be my instructor, but I didn’t listen to him much. We had a lot of fun next to each other in the water though, and I thought he was so beautiful on his surfboard. I can’t even describe with words how happy I am that we share the love of surfing. Surfing together with Dylan this summer was like an out of body experience and I thought: can one person bare this much happiness?

Surfing not only makes me feel more alive than anything else does, it also lets me the best version of myself. I have never felt this way about a hobby or sport. I actually think working out is really boring, but now that I have a goal (like getting stronger arms for paddling) I feel like doing it all of a sudden. All I needed really was a purpose for my exercise.

The only downside with surfing for me is that I don’t get to do it every day. But I hope that will change, some day.


Jenny: Oh vad fint :) Kul att hitta en partner som man har nånting sådant gemensamt med. Och vad underbart att ni har gift er :) Kul att få se bilder sen :)
August 16, 2017

Judith: I've always wanted to learn to surf. Even at age 62, I don't feel it's impossible, but would definitely have to work on my upper body strength just to paddle out there. So happy for you on both the marriage and the surfing!
August 16, 2017

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