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The Surfer, The Surfboard, And The Sea
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The Surfer, The Surfboard, And The Sea
WRITER: Elwin Chan PHOTOS BY: Alvin Toh
The Surfer, The Surfboard, And The Sea 30. October 2017, by Elwin Chan, Photos by Alvin Toh

Every wave, every ocean, gives you a different feeling.

The late John Severson, an eminent pioneer of modern surf culture, who also created paintings, films, and photographs depicting the joys of surfing, observed that “in this crowded world, the surfer can still seek and find the perfect day, the perfect wave, and be alone with the surf and his thoughts”.

“Only a surfer knows the feeling of standing on the water and moving with the ocean,” Beau Nixon, a Tropicsurf surf guide concurs. Beau also happens to be a stand up paddle champion and has been surfing since he was three, when his father put him on top of a surf board. Today, Beau teaches surfing at Gili Lankanfushi, to enthusiasts of all levels and ages.

Surf guide Beau Nixon, a stand up paddle champion, has been surfing since he was three.
The Maldivian waters cater to surfing enthusiasts of all levels of expertise and experience.
Lessons at Gili Lankanfushi are fun and designed to teach and improve surfing skills.
Surfing brings about a focus that instills calmness.

Although one might not immediately associate the Maldives with surfing, Beau explains that the Maldivian waters cater to both beginners and professionals. “There are lots of different waves, for different levels of expertise and experience. Every wave, every ocean, gives you a different feeling,” Beau adds.

With wind in the face, and sea beneath the feet, surfers embrace the present, leaving behind all things important and unimportant. What is essential is the now. The reflexive instinct to adapt to the changing seas brings about an intensity and focus that in turn instills a certain calmness. It’s just the surfer, the surfboard, and the sea. In the state of being active, alert, and intent on balance, body and mind become one in the vast, untameable ocean.

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