The people around me are pretty important.
I love surfing because it combines some things for me: first, it gets me outside. It can be competitive, yet increases camaraderie when you gain the respect and trust of others in the lineup. Actually it's one of the few sports where you can be really psyched about someone's performance even if they are doing better than you. There are no sour grapes, really. It's passionate. It can take you to different places around the world if you let it.