What surfing has taught me in the last week

 For the last week-and a-half I've I've been living in Mexico at a hostel named Frutas Y Verduras on the eastern end of Playa Zicatela. The beach stretches from Puerto Escondido---a small city of about 20,000 people---in the west and wraps around bout 2 miles to where I am at La Punta---a town where many of the streets are unsealed and just a few hundred people live in the area. 

[If you're curious as to why it seems like I'm taking a vacation in the middle of launching a project through Kickstarter then go back and read this blog post I made]. 

 

La Punta [The Point]

La Punta [The Point]

It has been costing me about $40USD per day for my own room with a desk, a shared bathroom, ok WIFI, and 3 healthy meals...The beautiful environment, relaxed vibe, and consistent waves are gratis.

And this blog is about those waves, specifically some of the life lessons I've learnt from surfing those waves that have helped me stay cool-headed even though my Kickstarter project has gone flaccid. 

[Just so you know when I arrived in La Punta I was---and still am---an absolute beginner surfer.}

 

Last night La Punta wasn't far off having 14-16ft faces

Last night La Punta wasn't far off having 14-16ft faces

Here are a few things that I've learnt in the last week of being out in the water, I think they're also valuable lessons for business and for life:

  1. Surfing is fun and there's plenty of waves so be friendly and respectful to everyone out in the water, the friendships you make will score you more waves and more smiles than being greedy and possessive. 
  2. Observe what makes the best surfers in the lineups the best and learn from their experience.
  3. Catching waves and failing on them is good, it means you're trying. 
  4. Get out of your comfort zone and scare yourself by paddling out into bigger waves than you thought you could handle because it will accelerate your learning process. 
  5. Wipeouts that leave you gasping for breath will make you stronger because you just proved to yourself that you could survive a beatdown. 
  6. Be patient and paddle hard for the waves you really want so you can stay out longer instead of paddling for everything and wearing yourself out quickly 
  7. There's always another wave coming, if that's not today then it's another day but it's going to happen so don't get too upset about missing an opportunity.
  8. Leave the beach better than you found it, pick up some trash on the way home.