The purpose of the present study was to investigate personality characteristics of Surfers. Sixty subjects from sixteen different countries completed measures of personality, motivation, sensation seeking, creativity and surf competence. Results indicate that surfers could be characterized by low levels of neuroticism, as measured by the NEO-Five-Factor-Inventory (Costa & McCrae, 1989), high levels of intrinsic motivation, as measured by the Sports Motivation Scale (Pelletier et al., 1995) and high levels of sensation seeking, as measured by the Sensation Seeking Scale-V (Zuckerman, 1994). Furthermore a Surf Competence Questionnaire (SCQ) was developed. Results indicate that this inventory could be considered as a reliable and valid instrument to measure the competence of surfers. Moreover, results suggest that surf-competence is related to extraversion, intrinsic motivation, creativity and the age of the subjects. In addition, openness to experience, intrinsic motivation and the age of the participants turned out to be good predictors of surf-competence.