4 Benefits of Learning a New Hobby


While your New Year’s resolution might be starting to wear thin, learning a new hobby is an exciting, easy-to-commit-to activity where you can reap many rewards. Here are just a few benefits of learning a new hobby:


Decreases Depression

Hobbies, especially active and outdoor ones, are exceptional at boosting your mood. They give you something to look forward to and are a great way to clear your mind. Nature is a refreshing, peaceful space to get off the screens and be creative. Studies show that participation in these types of hobbies are “correlated with higher levels of positive psychosocial states and lower levels of depression and negative [emotions]”.

Benefits of learning a new hobby: confidence


Builds Community

Friendships grow and strengthen through the bond of shared experiences. In learning a new hobby, you’re automatically introduced to new types of people via the team, class or group that you learn with. Medical professionals say that community is the key to strong mental health. This quality time spent challenging yourselves and having fun together facilitates dynamic, lasting friendships.


Increases Physical Agility

Active hobbies, such as hiking, biking, sports, or surfing are a great way to get in shape! It’s so much more exciting than going to the gym, but often has similar results such as increasing your strength and coordination. One study showed that people who regularly participated in active hobbies typically had “lower blood pressure, total cortisol, waist circumference, and body mass index, and perceptions of better physical function”.

Sabina surfing


Strengthens Confidence

Learning a new skill gives you a sense of accomplishment, which boosts your confidence. There is nothing like the feeling of achieving something that you’ve worked towards for a long period of time! That energy propels you to excel in other aspects of life and take on new challenges.


Here at Wavehuggers, we have many ways to dive into the best hobby around – surfing!!


Surf Camp:

Our kids surf camps are just around the corner. We are offering spring and summer break options this year in both Huntington Beach and Encinitas. The highlight of many kids’ breaks, our camps are packed with beach fun, surf technique training, ocean safety lessons and marine conservation!

Sign up before Feb 29th and get a 10% DISCOUNT! Use code: EARLYBIRD10 at checkout. Click here for more info and sign up.


Benefits to learning a new hobby: community


Women’s Community Classes:

If you’re a lady with basic surf experience, our Women’s Community Surf Classes are just the thing for you! Make friends, receive surf technique instruction and take on the line-up with your new girl gang. It’s an encouraging and friendly environment to hone in your skills. Join us on Saturday mornings at locations in San Diego, Orange County or LA. Click here for more info.


Surf Lessons:

We take so much pride in our surf lessons because we have such a high success rate! People come to us with no experience and we typically get them catching waves by the end of their first lesson. Others come to us knowing the basics, but want to improve their skills and we help them reach a whole new level of surfing! We teach all ages and all skill levels!

If you are looking to catch waves with your family or a group of friends, check out our private group lessons. Are you are an individual hoping for detailed instruction? Here is a link to our one-on-one private lessons or video surf coaching. If you are someone who wants more than one lesson, be sure to look into our lesson packages.


See you out in the water!! 💦