Communication is vital, in and out of the water.
To have the fullest of surf sessions, the language of the ocean must be understood. It is the surfer’s duty to be able to communicate with the waves, tides, swell direction, winds, and currents. A beautiful language, but a complex one to say the least. It varies from day to day, sometimes even hour to hour. The conversation between the ocean and the saltwater participants takes place via paddling, duck-diving, wave selection, and of course riding waves.
The language of the ocean is a language of love. It takes time and dedication to understand the very basics. And after the basics are recognized, the depth of the language must be obtained. This depth is revealed through feeling. Getting in the water. Working on timing, which is advertently the response to what you feel. The meeting of hands and water during the act of paddling. The moment one presses the nose of the board down to scale under the rolling whitewater. The sensation of the ocean’s energy as it mounts behind you. Knowing when to pop-up. Interpreting the feeling that you receive from under your board, and replying in the necessary motion. One cannot sit on the shore and acquire this knowledge. The ocean requires humans to feel, and trust in what they feel.
As each of our energy compositions vary, the dialogue is slightly different for every being. There are common grounds, yes, but ultimately the partaker must match their unique energy to the energy of the ocean, thus creating their own accent. During this development, the earnest of connections is formed. Although miscommunication occurs, the surfer repeatedly seeks synchronicity until unity emanates. A connection that wavers no other. A bond exquisitely intimate, yet harmonizes all.