Surfer’s Academy – “Why do we ride waves?” by Boris Bornemann from The EASD on Vimeo.

Boris Bornemann explores the psychological and neurobiological processes underlying why we ride waves at Outreach 2014: Surfer’s Academy (Saturday, 13 September 2014). Learn how Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivation, Flow states, and Dopamine pathways are at play when we ride waves. What drives big wave surfers? The author would like to acknowledge the webpage for the three historical surfing references shown in this presentation. For more on the related concept of Flow, visit:

The 3rd Annual Conference in Surfing Medicine in Sligo and Mullaghmore, Ireland.


Boris Bornemann, Dipl.-Psych./Master Sc., PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Social Neuroscience, Leipzig, Germany. Boris has previously presented on “The Psychology and Neurobiology of Surfing” at Conference (2012) in Sagres, Portugal.

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