There are no perfect relationships but let's face it, surf couples are killing it!
When your mutual passion is to chase waves and travel the world to find perfect uncrowded breaks, you know you're in for some serious couple bonding experiences that will make your relationship stronger, not to say unbreakable...
So here's what we can learn from this rare breed of people: 13 #relationshipgoals that will
#1 Never stand in the way of your partner having fun
It takes a lot of love, understanding and self-confidence to let your partner go and have fun without you. Surfers are always down for a good time but interestingly, they also know what's like to feel landlocked, deprived from waves and miserable and therefore prove to be quite understanding when it comes to having fun! So just chill out and don't be a control freak!
#2 Sacrifice your own pleasure for the benefit for your soul mate
Any surfer who's ever been on camera duties when the surf is pumping knows what I'm talking about...Whether it be taking surfing photos of your other half, blocking waves for them or letting them catch the wave of the day because you want them to have the best time, surfing teaches you self-devotion and how to set your loved one as your top priority, which is crucial to the success of your relationship.
#3 Align your goals & agendas
Getting on the same page about the future is key to a successful long-term relationship. Surf couples are pretty lucky to align on a lot of things like holidays (surf trips), where to live (on the coast), what car to buy (one that's big enough for the boards), what to do on the weekend (wake up early and surf), what future they want for their kids ("you will be a surfer my son") and therefore dodge a lot of bullets! 😜
#4 Support & push each other to your maximum potential
Getting your loved one's support and encouragements and having him/her by your side to help you push your limits both physically and mentally is invaluable. Surf couples get to support each other in particularly challenging situations - when the surf is big and everyone experiences a whole range of emotions, lots of adrenaline and potential injuries- that create unique bonds and make the relationship rock-solid.
#5 Don't let the internet and social media take over your life or damage your relationship
We're all guilty of spending too much time on our phone... surfers included. However surfing gives you this opportunity to disconnect from the internet/social media and take a step back from the virtual world to reconnect with nature and real life. It may sound a bit cliche but we all know how much damage social media can cause to a relationship, so any opportunity to disconnect is always welcome! And remember, happy couples always post less about their relationship on social media....
#6 Feel comfortable to be your natural self around each other
When in the surf, say goodbye to good looks and hello to with messy hair, boogers, water up your nose, sand in your eyes, funny faces... You have no other choice but to be your natural self and might also find yourself in pretty humiliating situations like losing your swimsuit after a bad wipeout! (Girls don't let that happen to you! Get yourself a bikini that stays on here). A lot of good comes out it though, like not taking yourself too seriously but also knowing that your other half loves you for who you REALLY are... ;)
Swimwear malfunctions happen to guys too... 😂 - Bruce Irons at Teahupo'o.
#7 Take care of each other when one of you is sick or injured
Injuries can make or break your relationship. Surfers are quite prone to injuries, recurring pain, lengthy recoveries and as a result know how to show a lot of love, support and patience when most needed.
#8 Master the art of naked cuddles (for when you're too tired to have sex)
It's never nice to get turned down by your other half... or worse, have to tell them that you're too tired/not in the mood for hanky panky. Surfer couples often find themselves in this kind of situations, especially after a long day in the surf, when they're completely sunburnt, surfed out and their bodies have released so many endorphins that they can't even contemplate the idea of having sex. Over time, most surf couples become pros at naked cuddles because it's simply the most efficient and least demanding way of showing your love and affection to your other half when your body has shut down... Oh and it's also by far the best way to fall asleep ;)
#9 Live in the Now
A lot of us girls suffer from F.P.S (Future Planning Syndrome). We want to get married, we want to buy a house, we want to have kids... and we sometimes forget to live in the present.
Surfing teaches you how to not take things for granted and more importantly how to enjoy the moment, which is crucial to both your couple's happiness. So Girls, chill the F*** out and go surf yew! ;)
#10 Have fun together
Nothing beats doing what you love most with the person you love the most.... and sharing a sick surf with your loved one is just too good to describe!
#11 Keep fit together
Happiness gives appetite and we all have this tendency to let ourselves go at some stage in our relationship. That's why it's good to have a hobbie like surfing to keep everyone in check! The ocean is not forviging and you can be sure it'll make you pay for any kilo you put on... which is why surf couples are always so fit!
#12 Always have the best surprises & gift ideas for your partner
You gotta love that feeling when your loved one is obsessed with the gift you got them. It means you completely nailed it! Surfers are pretty easy to satisfy, anything surf or travel-related will make them happy and it's also pretty easy to find a gift that's a WIN-WIN for the both of you guys eg. a new board that you can both ride, a surf trip ot even some rad gear that makes him or her look like a boss!
Tip: Guys, check out How To Buy A Brazilian Bikini For Your Girl - The Ultimate Guide For Guys to find the best bikini for your girl :)
#13 Make memories that last a lifetime
It doesn't have to be an expensive trip or a fancy dinner, just an intimate moment where both of you guys feel madly alive, in love and connected.