Trouble getting motivated to surf? What? What? Wow. I simply cannot relate at all.
I'm 41, with a drafty old work-starved house and two rugrats, in the middle of a huge project at my falling-apart company, the water's cold, the air is colder, the beach is covered with crap from Sandy, the water's filthy from the sewage plants still not running right, my balls hurt from the vasectomy I just had and I have a splint on the finger I broke last weekend and I won't be able to sleep tonight because I'm so stoked for waist to chest waves tomorrow. Not despite all the stuff I just mentioned - BECAUSE of it.
My motivation: As you keep surfing, surfing will keep you.
"There is a wisdom in the wave, highborn and beautiful for those who would but paddle out."
"Surfers are special people--we should think of ourselves as professionals in the art of living."
Dr. Dorian Paskowitz, from his book: Surfing and Health
the memories of my dead friends keep me motivated to do as much cool sh*t as possible, and to savor every moment, because you never know when your ticket gets punched.
Reading the swellinfo forum gets me fired up to go out and surf. The Net.
The negativity towards Body boarding.
Motivation in SD where this thread began was easy. Wake up surf. Sleep, repeat.
Now that I am in the SE, motivation is equally as easy, when there is surf anyway. I have been making the best of each waist high slop day that I can muster and taking advantage of the few chest-head high days each month. Not much to it. Most days when I am itching to surf, there are no waves, but even when the forecast calls for high winds and crap surf, I am usually pleasantly surprised.
As long as there are waves, no motivation is required....
If the intention of this thread was out west where I believe it was, there is a whole different ball game in play. I had friends of all skill levels that I would surf with from Pros to weekend warriors. Hardest thing to find is a few guys that were ready to go no matter what conditions, every day, all year... Most pros that I know have excuses as to why its "just not good enough" and then the weekend warriors have harder times deciding if there are going to go golfing and not surf... Or start raging at 10am on a Sunday for football.... Motivation is harder to come by when you have waves to choose from every day... There are 10 million other things in life that can get in the way of that.... But when waves are few and far between, if you feel like you need motivation, you probably in fact just need a new hobby....
All six pages and only one other person suggested it..... Find a surf buddy and motivate each other. It really is the only sure way to overcome an extreme lack of energy.