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[Source unknown] The time to change is when you don’t have to, when you are on the crest of the wave, not in the trough.

1. PASSION RULES: The best surfers don’t spend a lot of time on the beach, talking about surfing. They love the water and no matter how rough or calm it is they are out there looking for a wave.

2. NO DARE/ NO FLAIR: Good surfers, like top performers everywhere, are consistently pushing the limits. Combining skill and preparation with boldness and daring … constantly trying new moves, going for new waves and longer rides.

3. EXPECT TO WIPE OUT: Welcome the unexpected when you play in big waves; learn from the wipeout… as a matter of fact if you’re not wiping out, something is wrong.

4. DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON THE OCEAN: Respect the power of the ocean. Don’t take those forces which are beyond your control for granted.

5. KEEP LOOKING “OUTSIDE”: outside refers to the waves coming in on the horizon. The bigger picture. Surfers know that you have to pay attention to the waves closest to you, the one you are riding, and simultaneously to what’s coming.

6. MOVE BEFORE IT MOVES YOU: To catch a wave, you have to begin moving well before it comes to you. A big wave, like big change, moves so fast that if you wait until it is on top of you … it will be too late … leaving you in the backwash. Looking “outside” enables you to be prepared for the future.

7. NEVER SURF ALONE: Not just for safety’s sake, but surfers can pool their knowledge and resources to learn about and get to more exotic spots. They can trade tips, hot spots, and techniques. Plus, in a world that seems to become more isolated everyday, they have someone who they can share their hopes, dreams, and joys with … and we can all use a little help from our friends.