Today is International Surfing Day. But, really, what's so special about surfing?
The popularity of surfing is growing around the world. A 2012 report shows the number of surfers (or at least, those who claim to be surfers) worldwide grew from 26 million in 2001 to 35 million in 2011.
Why do so many people want to surf? We asked a couple of guys who are deep into the sport.
"It's something that people from all walks of life can do," said Zach Weisberg, editor and publisher of the Inertia. And it's not just Spicolis in the California surf. "All sorts of amazing people" are giving it a try.
Matt Warshaw, who wrote the book on surfing -- the Encyclopedia of Surfing -- has been a surfer for the greater part of 45 years. Before writing the encyclopedia, he worked for Surfer Magazine from 1985 to 1990 and served as its editor in his last year there.
"Your teachers didn't know about it, your parents didn't know about it. You had to make a choice to be a surfer."
Both men talked about what it takes to become a surfer -- and it's not buying the latest brand fashions or shelling out thousands for the newest board. What it takes is time.
"It's not complicated, it's a really simple thing to do."
Surfing, they said, is about how it makes you feel.