Fact: Surfing will make you cooler.
It doesn’t matter how old you are. You + surfing = cooler you. The amount of coolness-increase you experience is, however, at least loosely correlated to how well you surf. In other words, if you spend all day eating waves, you might now achieve your maximum coolness. Practice, makes perfect.
Myth: Surfing is the most dangerous sport ever.
There are many more dangerous sports than surfing, especially if you consider competitive Russian roulette a sport. Seriously though, you have a far better chance of getting into a car accident than you do having a shark attack you. Is that comforting? That was meant to be comforting.
Fact: Riding a wave is the best feeling in the world.
There is a downside to this, namely that other important events such as your wedding day, the birth of a child, or winning the lottery will pale in comparison. However, most surfers find the trade worthwhile.
Myth: Surfing is the heroin of sports.
In most important aspects, this is not true.
Fact: Surfing might make you talk like a surfer
It might also turn you into a member of the Beach Boys. This was more desirable several decades ago.
Myth: Humans are the only animals that surf.
As we have learned from animated documentaries, both penguins and chickens are also able to surf.
Fact: If a penguin challenges you to surf, it will win.
Don’t surf against penguins until you’re very confident in your surfing abilities, and have a large bucket of small fish to distract them with.
Myth: Surfing is expensive.
Aside from the aforementioned bucket of fish, there are very few costs to surfing. Oceans are free, and you can rent a board and a wetsuit from Bolinas Surf Shop for about $25. A group lesson, a greatidea for a first timer, is about $50.
So basically, you need to get out there and try. It’s nothing short of the best thing you’ll ever do in your life. Ever.