Surfing and being nomadic isn't exactly a new concept. But surfing whilst being able to work online a bit from pretty much anywhere? The future's arriving my pretties.
Wifi & waves or waves & Wifi, you couldn't have hoped for a better match on tinder. But why do they work so well together? And couldn't I just get a proper job, save up and then do a rad surf trip?
No!!!!! well... you could... but you don't have to anymore and this is why.
1: Location independence.
I think this one explains itself, right? You're a surfer. Surfers need waves. You can work from your trusted laptop anywhere in the world, so long as it has battery and a bit of wifi. So why not work near the waves. Siiiiiimples.
Digital nomads 1. Day jobs 0.
2: Tide and Time wait for no man...
As the old idiom goes. Especially as many beaches globally, and locally in our case around Sagres, are super moody. That is to say they only work with certain tides. Tonel on low tide? Forget it. "Todo feshado, meu" aka "Just close outs man." Three hours later? Could be a very different story.
Knowing the rhythm of the tide and the times of the highs and lows is therefore very important. That is of course if you want the very best surf conditions, and I'm pretty sure you do! So find out which beaches work best on which tides in order to score decent waves and achieve maximum stoke. Don't forget the biggest tidal variations occur monthly around the new and full moons, and yearly with the Spring tides.
It's a case of surf now, work later. Thankfully you are time, as well as location, independent sooooooooo guess what? You can! Vamos surfar!
Digital nomads 2. Day jobs 0.
3: Work mates.
Love 'em or hate 'em. That's your prerogative. We personally love 'em. Buzz off new ideas? All that creative energy? Interesting conversations? Meeting different people, especially that blue-eyed, brown-haired hottie with the Masters degree in marketing who sits over by the... OK, OK you get my point. Co-working is ace! Get that new start-up going asap with all those handy skillful people around you. Digital nomads... Oh, you get the point.
4: Inspirational settings.
How's it going there in that office cubicle? In that little grey box. That little grey box inside that bigger grey box we call an office building. Can you see a window? Is there much natural light? If you can see out of the window do you just see more grey boxes? Yuk! Freeeeeeeeeeeedom I hear you cry (either that or someone watching the final scene of Braveheart in the next room.)
Travel broadens the mind. I'm pretty sure it's good for the soul too. Go outside, breathe the fresh air. Go to a new country, breathe in the culture. Go and get inspired.
Furthermore, scientific studies have proven the mental and physical benefits of being outside in a natural environment. Taking a short break from work and going outside has multiple positive impacts on a person; it helps clear the mind, reduces stress, lowers the heart rate, relieves muscular tension caused by sitting a a desk, increases oxygen flow in the bloodstream and allows for better brain function. Basically not only does it increase health but it also increases productivity. Winner. Not to mention the inspirational beauty provided by nature's bounty. Have you ever seen the sunset in Sagres? Mind blown.
Have you heard about it? No? Well, read on. It's the contemporary (pseudoscience!?) idea that walking barefoot on the Earth's surface can make you feel better. Sounds a bit 'far out'? Go kick off your shoes and try it.
The way it supposedly works is by the transfer of energy from the Earth, via contact with the ground, to you. The positive energy is said to take away negative energy and rebalance and replace with positive energy. Therefore, you have more energy, you feel less tired and lethargic, and also it generally gives you a feeling of good wellbeing and happiness.
OK, so I'm getting a bit hippy with this idea here but, maybe there is something in it. Maybe there's not, whatever. Cosmic energy from the Earth?! I don't know. I will keep an open mind and happily sit on the fence about this one for now. I know one thing for sure though. It does feel nice to take your shoes off and feel the grass and sand beneath your feet. That in itself is a pleasurable experience, as long as you don't stand in dog shit. *Retches*.
To link this Earthing idea further to the act of surfing. Well, one of the many faux pas in surfing is to wear your shoes if you are already wearing your wetsuit. Just don't do it. I'm warning you. Before you know it someone will have taken your picture and posted you on instagram with the accompanying derogatory hashtag 'kookoftheday'. This unwritten rule means that surfers have lots of barefoot time. Plenty of time to re-energise through the practice of 'Earthing'.
That's 5 of many reasons why surfing and location independent co-working work so well together. Can you think of any others? Feel free to comment below and spread the knowledge. Thanks!
Written by surfer, freelance videographer and co-founder of www.coworksurf.com Nick Mattia (some people call him Rastabake, but no-one's sure why...)