If you’re a surfer, you’ve heard the haters—the ones who claim surfing isn’t a sport. The ones who don’t know the upper body strength it takes to paddle for hours. The ones who have never tried to jump from stomach position to standing in a matter of seconds. The ones who don’t recognize the continuity between balance and core.
But you, the seasoned surfer, know the truth. You know the minute you paddle into the waves, it doesn’t matter what others think, because it’s just you, the board, and the water.
Here are eight reasons surfing is the gnarliest sport: