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At first, what might be your motivation to go out and surf? What are we looking for when we surf?

For most surfers it is the image of the outdoors and the unbound, the absorption of the infinite and unpredictable. The first reasons to surf could be the playful and venturous engagement with the ocean or the excitement of adventure that comes with finding a balance between nature and ourselves.

Since we’ve talked about mindfulness in our earlier blog entry, it is important to point out that we can also find this moment of presence in surfing, a focus of the here and now. Surfing creates that feeling of ‘flow’, where our worries disappear and awareness emerges.

Those experiences can strengthen the self, because in a state like this we are united with our true selves. Our connection with nature will not only let things appear to us as beautiful or ugly in an aesthetic way, but will lead us to a recognition of what really matters, what is really important and valuable to us. In that way experiences will be perceived more intense and will lead to the emergence of an overall feeling to be connected to the liveliness of our world. Let surfing be a way to get in touch with nature: slow down the pace of life, you don’t have to experience something special every day. We are sure: Being out in the ocean improves your consciousness about life.

Besides the adventurous and thrilling part of surfing, soaking in the joy of being out there can lead you to reduce actions in order to achieve a better understanding of where you’ve been and where you’re going. So break out your routine, go surfing with us and escape into a pure source.

From a sports scientific point of view there are reasons why Biarritz in France was the first city to offer surfing as medical prescription in spring 2015, amongst other activities recognized for their health benefits such as swimming, Nordic walking, hiking, cycling, Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga or of course jogging.

Surfing as a physical activity also has positive effects to prevent health problems and illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, overweight, stress and depression. Generally speaking, the effect of moderate exercise for instance will lead to the reduction of blood pressure and can prevent possible risks like arteriosclerosis and secondary diseases such as heart attacks and myocardial failure as consecutive symptoms (Lee et al., 2003).  Moreover, the Immune system will benefit from physical activity. Within our body, moderate activity increases the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines and can protect the organism from cancer-producing processes (Pedersen 2009).

In addition to positive physical improvements regarding the cardiovascular system and immune system, the psychological benefits that come with surfing seem to be even more interesting and we don’t even have to practice the sport of surfing at a high performance level.

Basically it makes us HAPPY!

There have been studies that show the positive effects of physical activity on our psyche, especially referred to our happiness hormone ‘serotonin’. Furthermore, Jorm and colleagues (2004) found out that a so called BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) will be produced during exercise. BDNF is the reason for the production of dopamine, which influences our mood in distress and makes us happier.

A study of Korpela and colleagues (2014) showed that being surrounded by nature for recovery purposes is connected to the strengthening and restful feelings that we experience during that time.

The strengthening and restful effects are derived from the silence, the gathering of new energy and vitality for daily routines, the temporary disregard of daily problems, the adjustment of thoughts and the trust for the future.

Another supporting evidence come from the UK Chief Medical Officer’s report from 2004, which indicated that: ‘physical activity helps people feel better, as reflected in improved mood and decreased state and trait anxiety. It helps people feel better about themselves through improved physical self-perceptions, improved self-esteem, decreased physiological reactions to stress and improved sleep’.

In a nutshell, nature makes a positive contribution to our health and surfing is a way to combine the health-related benefits of physical activity and mental well-being which all goes hand in hand with our understanding of disconnecting to reconnect.

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Our off-line experiences take place in the Southwest of Portugal near the beautiful town of Aljezur, Tenerife in Canary islands and in India. The workshops can be booked online and they will take place in Lisbon The Offline dinners run once a month and you can reserve your place Here. Our festival will be placed not far from Aljezur in the middle of the beautiful mountains in Monchique. The spiritual guidance sessions are available to current offliners (Ex Offline House guests) and can be done via a Skype call. We believe that the first meeting should be done off-line so join one o four events or experiences and then we can follow you upo n your journey with an online guidance.

 

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