Chances are you have been in full-on summer mode for several weeks now, with the shorts and hats and coolers full of beer and outdoor drunkenness. But technically, according to science, summer doesn’t begin until tomorrow at 1:04 AM ET. So today, I thought what better way than to celebrate the official, science-approved start of summer than with a bunch of GIFs from the summeriest sports there is: surfing.
Now, let me just say right off the bat that I know nothing about surfing and I’m not trying to teach anyone anything about surfing, here. However, like most people, I think surfing is cool as hell, and the GIFs you’ll see here reflect that.
So, ready to start wishing you lived near a beach? Well, then let’s go…
I don't know if "surf dancing" is a thing, but obviously it should be.
27. Surf Dancing
Okay, seriously, what kind of sorcery did they use to get a shot like this? Obviously it would have to be multiple cameras, but where are they? On a boat? Another surf board?
26. Stop Motion Surfing, Part I
Don't look at this one for too long. You could get hypnotized and come to your senses five minutes later.
How could I not throw a few Alana Blanchard GIFs in here? Actually, I think it's the law—when talking about surfing you must mention Alana Blanchard.
24. Alana Blanchard FTW
Shots like this were just made to be turned into GIFs, weren't they?
23. Swallowed Up
Kind of looks like a commercial for minty fresh gum, doesn't it?
22. Big Wave
I believe what this gentleman is trying to say is best translated as, "that was awesome bro!"
21. Surfing Sign Language
Hey, look what I can do!
20. Showing Off
Surfing and taking great video at the same time? That's got to take some practice.
19. Surfing Videography
I have no idea if Alana Blanchard is a good surfer, but she is an excellent bikini model.
18. More Alana Blanchard
I'd say there's been a bit of cultural crossover between surfing and skateboarding over the years.
17. Neat Trick
Shots like this are why they invented waterproof cameras.
This is like the surfing equivalent of limbo.
15. Get Low
Yes, mounting a camera on the front of Alana Blanchard's surfboard was a good idea.
14. Alana Again
Another foot closer and the person holding the camera might have had some nasty lacerations.
All worth it for the shot, though.
13. Close Call
Is it just me, or does it look like this guy is going over the edge of a waterfall?
12. Back and Forth
That one looks pretty easy to pick up, right? Just ride up an then spin yourself and your board 360º?
11. Pretty Basic Skill
When did the Wachowski brothers start making surfing documentaries?
10. Stop Motion Surfing, Part II
The shaka sign, which is synonymous with Hawaiian surf culture (and not to be confused with the shocker sign) means, more or less, "hang loose."
9. The Shaka Sign
At least there's light at the end of the tunnel.
8. Infinite Wave
If you're claustrophobic, you don't want to look back while surfing and see the wave closing up behind you.
7. Rear View
Do you think this woman ever surfs without fourteen cameras pointed at her?
6. Still More Alana
Yeah, that looks like another beginner move to me.
I think I want to be an action sports photographer when I grow up.
4. Swallowed in the Sea
Every once in a while it's probably good to be reminded that the sea is more powerful than you and, sometimes, there is no escape.
3. Nowhere to Run
So this is what the sharks see while they're stalking you?
2. From Below
While surfing culture probably affected skateboarding culture first, it's obvious that the influence now flows in both directions.