Surfing and style go hand in hand, which is why the sport is so widely revered by the outside world.
But is it all about how you look? Is it about how you ride a surfboard? Or maybe it relates to the equipment you ride?
Turns out it's a little from column A, a little from column B, and a sprinkle from column C.
Read on for more...
WHAT DOES STYLE MEAN IN SURFING?
Style is synonymous with surfing in more ways one, and when we talk about style we could mean one of three things:
1. SURFING STYLE - THE WAY YOU SURF ON A WAVE
In this context style refers to the way you surf on a wave.
How you move your body, the lines you take on a wave, and your own unique technique.
All these factors contribute to your surfing style.
2. SURFER STYLE - HOW COOL YOU LOOK OUT OF THE WATER
Yup, I know, it's a bit cliché but surfers are known for their unique laidback style out of the water.
This refers to the clothes they wear, the car/van they drive, their hairstyles and a whole bunch more.
3. STYLE OF SURFING - THE TYPE OF SURFBOARD YOU RIDE
Probably the least used of the three, when we talk about styles of surfing in this context we're talking about the type of surfboard somebody is riding.
Think of the term 'style' in this sense more as a 'discipline'.
Example: "What surfing style do you resonate with? Are you more of a cruisy longboarder kinda guy, or are you more of performance shortboard kinda guy?"
SURFING STYLE - WHO HAS THE BEST?
Good surfing style is subjective. Period.
But, there are a few unofficially agreed upon fundamentals of good style and they are:
HERE'S A LIST OF THE TOP 5 STYLES IN SURFING (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
Tom Curren is an icon of the sport, a 3x World Champion, and has one of the silkiest styles in surfing.
Tom inspired a generation with the lines he'd draw on a wave, his unique 'look-down' bottom turns, and his effortless glide and flow.
Head to 0.26 in the video below for a surf style masterclass...
Growing up on the point break waves of the Gold Coast, Steph's surfing style is effortless, graceful, and just damn beautiful to watch.
Her unique approach - and insane natural ability - has had the biggest impact on women's surfing, EVER!
Craig Anderson's approach to surfing took the world by storm in the early 2000's.
His close-footed, effortless approach, mixed in with explosive new school surfing tricks, led Craig to become a bit of an icon in the hipster world.
JOHN JOHN FLORENCE
Everybody loves John, am I right?
Of course they do, and it's for good reason.
His surfing is quite literally the best in the world, yet it's all done with such elegance & beauty.
Jon's unique approach to surfing in a sea of copy-cat, over coached professionals has made him the biggest star in surfing right now.
Whatever board Mikey surfs, he makes it look beautiful.
From single fins, to twinnies, to performance shortboards alike, Mikey's approach to surfing is hypnotic and truly original.
SURFER STYLE - AND HOW TO LOOK COOL
Surfers have long been revered for their effortless cool, laidback style.
Here's what the outside world think surf style is all about:
If I didn't dress so badly I'd have some advice here for how to rock the surfer style and look super cool in the process.
Note to self, could do better. Soz
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT STYLES OF SURFING?
Alright, onto the last connotation of surfing style, and that is the type of surf craft you choose to ride.
And although these various equipment choices involve riding some sort of board in the ocean, make no mistake the are VERY different.
In as little time as possible here are all the different styles of surfing equipment:
Built for technical, performance surfing.
Built for cruising, and long drawn out turns.
For nose riding and surfing small waves.
A surfboard with no fins.
ALTERNATIVE SURFBOARD(ISH) STYLES
WRAPPING IT UP
Who'd have thought there were so many connotations between surfing and style hey?
But there you have it.