In a word, no.
If you think that surfing is something that only young people with six-pack abs and killer tans can enjoy, your assessment might be a little misguided. Not only can you surf as an older adult, but there are also plenty of reasons why you should. As we get older, it’s important to maintain an active lifestyle, and there are few activities that keep you more active (or are more fun, for that matter) than surfing.
Here’s a bit of good news: people are living longer and as a whole, living healthier lifestyles. As such, you shouldn’t feel bad about trying something new. What’s more, few things will make you feel more alive than surfing! As we get older, it’s important to pause and get some perspective on the life we’ve lived, and nothing provides perspective like becoming one with the ocean.
Learning to surf later in life has plenty of physical benefits, too. Surfing requires a lot of strength and balance—something that older folks strive to maintain. So, you could either trudge to the gym each morning and workout on the same boring equipment, or you can go out and surf, become one with nature, get fit, and rest easy knowing that you’ll never ride the same wave twice.
Plus, let’s face it. It’s fun to learn to do something new. The older we get, the fewer opportunities we have to do “new” stuff. Learn to surf, and there’s a good chance that the joy that comes with it will start to spill into other areas of your life.
On the mental health front, surfing provides the opportunity to meditate and relax like no other activity. Being an adult comes with stresses that we don’t think about when we were kids. But catch a few waves, and those stresses will magically disappear.
Finally, if you’re afraid that you’ll be the oldest dude or dudette on the beach, you’ll be happy to know that there is a huge community of older surfers. So, if you’re tired of going through the same old rat race of life and work, consider attending a different kind of “board” meeting, all together.