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How surfing helps you disconnect from the world

Getting out amongst the waves forces you to detach from whatever stresses are plaguing you and just focus on the task at hand, according to two avid surfers.

Speaking recently on The Wellness Daily Show, Momentum Intelligence research manager Michael Johnson (pictured, right) said for many who “live the surfing lifestyle”, it turns into a healthy addiction.

“For me, it’s a great way to keep myself accountable. I make sure I get up every single morning and I’ve got a bit of a routine really set. I wouldn’t say Im a person thats great with routines. Im not very good with them at all actually, but this is the one thing I can make sure I do every morning,” he reflected.

“Its a way to make sure I get up every morning, I get my wetsuit out, I get my board and I go for a surf. For me, thats the best way for me to start my day.”

For David Stratford (pictured, left), who migrated from the United Kingdom and works as a partnerships manager at Momentum Media, surfing was never on his radar until he arrived in Australia.

“It wasnt on my agenda, it wasnt in my universe. When I came over here and Michael picked up his board and he said, ‘Oh, mate youve really got to get involved’.

“Chucked in a few times. I just got the Dutch courage and said, ‘Okay, Ill pick up an old beater from the local shop in Manly and well throw it in the water and see how we go’.

“Broke it on day one, but I was persistent and it was one of those things where, it was an opportunity for me to learn new skill, which was very daunting.”

He doesn’t get into the water as often as Mr Johnson, but it has also become a lifestyle hobby for him, and it has “now changed the way that I perceive just so many more things”.

Mr Johnson mused that his job requires him to be connected to technology at all times, which means that the hour he gets to dive into the surf is “absolute bliss”.

“Even just at a very, very beginning point, disconnecting yourself from the entire world. I actually dont even really like taking a watch out because that itself is just another thing connecting me back to the world. I think having that disconnect and combining the disconnect with your ability to connect with nature.”

And Mr Stratford said that being out in the water, paddling around and surfing forces you to disconnect from the real world and simply focus on the task at hand, being the catching of your next wave.

“Its almost like in a way its a funnel system and youve got all this stuff going on in your day-to-day life, your job, and you have all this stuff in your nine to five, but then when you go and surf and you really actually felt home in on the most important stuff and it gives you that couple of hours, two, three hours a day, whenever you go to really sort of just work how exactly whats important and whats not. Its weird that you get that when youre in the water,” he explained.

To listen to Michael and David's full conversation with Jerome, click below:

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