Name: Earl Ingraham
From: South Point, MD, USA
Years surfing: 39
The ocean streams through Earl as we sit and discuss his connection to surfing. He grew up in a remote place, where adventures came with daily living and fun was made by exploring the local area. I’m 99.9% sure Earl was made for surfing, and I’d say the Universe thought so too. At age 7, Earl found a surfboard washed up on the sand-dunes close to his home. Perhaps it was a coincidence, but I’d say it was the Universe putting forth something that was already ingrained in his soul, and that would stay with him throughout his life.
When asked the questions…
How has surfing impacted your life? Has it impacted you as an individual? If so, how?
Earl was hooked from his first wave. As he grew, his stoke for surfing did too. He recalls, “by age 16, it really captivated my life. Every chance I got, I would go surf.” As we reminisce on his high school days, he states a beautiful point, “back then surfing was a bridge between different groups, it was the common ground between the hunters, rednecks, surfers, etc.” He explains a bit more, “because it was a link, if you surfed, you really had a big group of friends, it created community.”
As life glided on, so did Earl. He stepped foot into the contest scene at age 18. But it wasn’t just about competing to him. “It really gave me something to do,” a place to direct energy. He concludes, “otherwise, I really don’t know what I would have gotten into.”
On a personal note, Earl explains, “it definitely made me the type of person that never gives up, a strong sense of tenacity. When hardships arise, I know I can push through it- you do that multiple times in a session, so when you come out of the water, it’s already a mindset.”
Now in his 50s, Earl expresses how surfing continues to be a major aspect of his life, not only on a social level, but on the mind-body level too. He flows with gratitude for having grown up on the water, and for that old rugged longboard that washed up on the dunes.
Earl, your stoke uplifts others. Truly thankful to know you. Cheers to you! Well Said!