Surfers tend to discard small waves. “If it’s small, it’s not worth it,” we sometimes say. But there are many lessons to be learned in the tiny ripples.
The first one is that it is harder to ride a one-footer than it is to find the surf line on a shoulder-high wave. On a bigger wave, you just have to take off and enjoy the ride. The wave will do everything for you. But have you tried riding a tiny breaker all the way to the beach? It’s not that easy.
“You learn more from surfing small waves than you do from riding big waves,” bodyboarding and bodysurfing legend Mike Stewart once said. And it couldn’t be more true.