The Benefits of Keeping a Surf Journal

Why Should You Keep a Surf Journal?

Surfing has a very steep learning curve and it may feel like you’re not getting anywhere at times. You can often take one step forward, followed by what feels like two giant steps backwards. Progress can feel horribly slow! A surf diary can make these steps seem less frustrating. Instead of focusing on weekly changes, you can look back over a longer period of time and hopefully feel more encouraged by seeing how far you have come over time!

 So…what do I need to write in my surf diary?

  • The date you surfed
  • Who you surfed with
  • The beach you surfed at
  • Conditions (stage of the tide and wave height)
  • What you worked on
  • Thoughts/notes.

A surf journal allows you to track how often you’ve surfed. It can also be used as motivation not to give up when you feel like you’re having a slow spell. You can of course make it a more attractive journal and add photos, or even note any wildlife seen on each surf trip. This way it can also function as a nice souvenir and a journal of your memories too. Keeping a journal may be the best way to keep track of surf sessions in a way, as it reflects how it actually felt for you, rather than the not-that-useful statistics.

Keeping a journal can also be a useful way to gather knowledge of conditions at certain beaches – the best times for good surf (and the times to avoid). On a personal note, it is also a nice way to note some good surf sessions with good friends. It allows you to look both backwards and ahead. You can set goals for yourself, and tick these off as time goes by! Set your ultimate surfing goal in your surf journal and develop a plan that will help you to attain it!


Stephanie Contomichalos

Stephanie Contomichalos is a sports enthusiast. She is an avid crossfitter, wakeboarder and has recently qualified as a Level 1 CrossFit coach. She is also an advocate for women’s sport and for using sport as a tool for development. She is currently living in Athens, Greece.

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