Waves: without them there's no surfing

Do you have any idea how many waves you have enjoyed since you first started surfing? Can you estimate the number of hours, minutes, or seconds that you had a board under your feet?

The task is not free of mistakes, but it is possible to get a rough idea by fine-tuning a few variables.

Your age may be between 18 and 54 years old, and you might have started surfing a long time ago. Or it might be that you only picked up surfing in the last year.

No problem, let's have a go.

Calculating Your Surfing Waves

The first step is to find an accurate and fair mathematical formula.

SurferToday.com starts by adding the number of years you've been surfing. Years may be translated into months, of course.

Then, imagine the number of surfing sessions you enjoy per week. Are you a weekend warrior or a loyal daily surfer?

You can also ride waves twice per week. No worries.

Now, get an idea of how many waves you catch in each session. Let's say you ride ten waves per hour and usually surf for one hour and a half: that's 15 waves.

Fair enough, and we've got a final formula:

  • (Number of Surfing Years x Average Number of Weekly Sessions x 52 Weeks of the Year x Average Number of Waves per Surfing Session) = Number of Waves Ridden in Your Surfing Career

For instance, a surfer with ten years of experience and an average two-hour surf session per week has enjoyed 10,400 waves.

With this final figure, we can go a little further by answering the following question: how many hours have I been riding waves?

The sum of all the waves of my life is a continuous ride. How long is it? Taking an average of seven seconds per wave, let's find out the final result:

  • 10.400 Waves Ridden x 6 Seconds / 60 = Number of Continuous Minutes Surfing Waves

That would mean 1,040 minutes or 17.3 hours enjoying an imaginary and uninterrupted wave ride.

Try it for yourself! And when you're out there, remember to enjoy each wave like it's the last one.

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