SURFING LAGUNA: Surfing for sanity is for real

Are you like me and currently trying to get a handle on where the line in the sand of sanity is drawn these days?

I was stoked to find out that one of the best ways to fight anxiety (which can lead to depression) is surfing. OK, you got me, it wasn’t just surfing, it was staying active in general.

As it turns out, getting outside in the sun and fresh air can do wonders for your attitude, according to experts. It makes sense that adding saltwater, sand and a dolphin sighting or two can further enhance these positive vibes.

According to my unscientific poll, adults and kids have more and more to be stressed out about these days. A quick glance at any news outlet and we’re reminded of these daily battles — unemployment, disease, fraud, earthquakes, etc. Seriously, who saw swine flu coming?


Can paddling out into the surf or taking a walk really help solve some of these huge issues we face in today’s world? Yes, it can! I paddle out and thank God for the blessings he has brought me in this life, and I ask for the strength to deal with the challenges that I face each day.

Do I sound crazy? That’s what I love about sand — you can just make a new line.

CHRIS WILLIAMS is a surfing coach and Laguna Beach resident, and father of four surf-crazy sons. He can be reached at or (949) 497-5918.