What comes to mind when you think of your dad playing sport? While surfing, mountain biking, scuba diving and other adventurous pursuits aren’t often thought of as “dad sports”, it seems parents are now taking up more adventure sports post-kids than ever before.
Men in their 30s to 60s are currently the most active generation we’ve ever seen. From cycling to running to surfing, adventurous sports have boomed among middle-aged men in the past five years. Most surfers are now aged between 25 and 44, according to charity Surfers Against Sewage. 30 to 49 year-olds cycled almost twice as many miles as any other age group (94 miles on average), according to the National Travel Survey.
Long gone are the days of parents being written off as “too old” to start a new sport. It seems adventurous parents are growing in number – and it looks set to continue to rise. But why are dads taking up action sports later in life?
“Surfing is something we can do together as a family”