I started this blog to chart my surfing progress in the hope that one day, I could look back and see how far I had come, despite living over 100 miles from the sea.
I just never envisaged how many amazing people I would meet along the way and beautiful friendships that I have forged all through a shared love of surfing and blogging. It has enriched the whole experience.
I’m a bit of a social butterfly. I just love meeting people and hearing their stories so when I started surfing, I wanted to connect with other surfers and find out about their surfing journeys. It’s a way for me to reach out to those with a shared interest and stay connected to a world that has consumed me when I’m so far away from the coast.
I firmly believe that certain people come into our lives for a reason and at times when we really need them. Sometimes, these people are true kindred spirits and we wonder how and why we haven’t met them sooner, despite feeling like we have known them forever.
Over the weekend, I finally met lovely landlocked surfer Sophia who lives just half an hour or so away from me. We have been following each other’s blogs for over a year now and despite communicating primarily through blog comments, I felt like I had known her for years.
It was hugs all round before heading for a coffee and for two hours we talked non-stop about surfing, life, our geography and our similarities of which there were a lot (we are both worriers and sensitive souls)! I lost count of how many wild-eyed ‘me too’ moments we had and I felt like we had a really strong connection and so much in common.
I really admire Sophia. She has travelled to some amazing places around the world, done some fantastic things, like teaching yoga in Senegal, and surfed in warmer climates yet her heart is in the UK with her favoured surf break in the chilly grey north east. She doesn’t surf as often as she would like to, but her beautiful blog is full of hope, inspiration and gorgeous photos, and she has an amazing way of weaving surfing into any topic from yoga to vintage clothes.
To me, Sophia is the epitome of a soul surfer. She is humble, full of grace and appreciation despite living so far from the coast. Her dreams of someday moving I’m certain will be fulfilled and I will be following her quest to become a self employed yoga teacher with huge interest.
We could have talked all afternoon about our passion for surfing, hopes and dreams but time was against us on this occasion. This is just the start of a lovely friendship so I’m sure there be plenty more hours we can while away and hopefully plan a few surf trips!
Follow Sophia’s unique and inspiring blog, The Surf Yogini