Surfing Dictionaries

Surfing Dictionaries

Surf Terms

With the help of this Surfing Terms page you’ll have the ability to not only stroll like a web surfer, but you’ll likewise have the ability to talk like one. Chill with the locals, impress the hotties at the local bar, or reveal up that know-it-all brat who is going out with your younger brother or sister. Keep reading and increase your understanding.
( Thanks to everyone who is e-mailing us with brand-new terms to consist of. Keep them coming!).
One piece of surf talk you will always hear: “You must have been here the other day!”.

180/ 360.

The spin of a surfer’s board throughout a maneuver in degrees, e.g. 360 degree turn.

The perfect barreling surf, a cross-section of an A-frame wave reveals an “A” shape where it is breaking soooo perfectly.
Aggressive attitude in the water; having a bad mindset.
Air/ Aerial.
An innovative surfing maneuver where the surfer and board leave the surface area of the wave. Here are some fantastic air images.
Something surfers shout when they spot a substantial perfect wave, or when they are shocked or shocked. Old School!
Getting delighted while surfing or really eagerly anticipating a surf.
Ankle Busters/ Snappers.
Small waves.
ASP means Association of Professional Surfing. These guys take care of the professional side of surfing. Visit their website at
Going into a barrel from behind the peak of the breaking wave. Backdoor is also the name of the ideal hand wave that in some cases breaks at the well-known wave of Pipeline.
Surfing with your back towards the wave. A regular footed surfer going left or a goofy footed surfer going right will be surfing behind. The opposite is frontside.
To bail is to jump of the board to prevent an imminent wipeout.
Sand on the sea flooring of a beach break. Beach break waves are dependent on the quality of the sand banks to supply good, surfable waves.
An inexperienced surfer, or someone who’s no excellent at surfing.
A barrel is where the wave is hollow when it is breaking. For some web surfers it’s the be all and end all of surfing. Is often called a “tube.”.
Beach Break.
This is a wave that breaks over a sandy sea bed. You’ve not read about waves, have you?
Beach Leech.
The best description of a beach leech: “Some people do not bring their own boards, and prefer to obtain your extra boards (they do not rent). And for wax, some don’t actually bring it. They just request for some.”.
Bells Beach.
Bells Beach is among the fantastic ideal point breaks. Find it on the south Victorian coastline of Australia. Have a look at the Bells Beach Pro held in March every year. This was the setting for that tearful end bit in the motion picture “Point Break” when Patrick (twinkletoes) Swayze AKA Bodie consumed it at the end of Point Break. (And no doubt that after reading the waves page and discovering exactly what a point break actually is, you’re feeling especially chuffed with yourself!).
It ought to likewise be pointed out that it was not really Bells Beach where the scene was recorded but India Beach in Oregon. Thanks to Danny from Oregon for this details.
A non local.
What Australians call a watering hole, but to everyone else it is among the largest surfing devices and clothing makers out there.
Old school for really good or enjoyable.
The foam used to shape a surfboard.
Blown Out.
Where the onshore wind turns the browse in to unrideable mush.
The fibreglass thingy under your feet.
Boardshorts/ Boardies.
These shorts are quick drying, light-weight, and worn by those fortunate enough to be surfing in warm water. Check the males’s boardshorts here and the females’s boardshorts here.
Bombora/ Bommie.
An aboriginal term for a wave that breaks over a shallow reef, located beyond the regular lineup and frequently some range from the shore.
Booger/ Boogieboarder.
Slang for body boarders.
Bottom Turn.
This is the turn made at the base of the wave when boiling down off the face. It’s typically the first relocation made after dropping in. Get it right for fantastic positioning for your next maneuver.
Sculpt/ Carving.
The traditional surfing maneuver, carving is essentially exactly what turning on a wave is called. Sculpt is likewise a surfing magazine found in Europe.
Caught Inside.
A surfer who is caught within is too far in, and the waves are breaking further out. It can be unsafe in huge surf.
A surfer truly going all out on a wave, surfing aggressively. Charges, as in “ho, that man charges”.
Chinese Wax Job.
Getting wax on the bottom of your surf board.
Bitchin’, awesome, terrific and so on
Choppy. Where the surface of the ocean is rough/ rough.
Utilized to describe the contamination conditions when there’s a turd in the lineup– “I caught some sick waves out there but it was difficult attempting not to swallow the chowder.”.
Waves that break from a single peak along it’s length, providing an open face for an internet user to ride on. The opposite of messy.
Clean Up Set.
A wave or set of waves that are larger than typical and break before the line up, resulting in clearing the line-up of web surfers.
The procedure where a web surfer turns up and down the face of the wave while surfing down the line.
Close Out.
Where a wave breaks along its length all at once.
Being frightened of scared of waves.
Swell lines that look like corduroy; see this corduroy swell photo that shows it completely.
Slang from 1960’s surf culture, wept out enthusiastically when surfing– The surfer’s cry “Cowabunga” as they climb a 12 foot wall of water and “take the drop.”.
When the waves ready, it’s stated to be cranking.
Cross Step/ Stepping.
This is the art of pacing a longboard, foot over foot. When you see some guy/ gal adding and down their board, you’ll now understand exactly what to call it.
Making a cutback is reversing the instructions that you are surfing in one smooth fluid move. (That’s the idea anyway.).

My wave! … My wave!! … MY WAVE !!!!
Dawn Patrol.
Going surfing first thing in the early morning.
The is the little bit of the surfboard you base on. (Hopefully you have your board properly round in the water.).
Surfboard damage– “Oh dear me, I’ve dented my board!” (Perhaps a bit more blasphemy will be used.).
Dirty Lickings.
Taking a gnarly wipeout.
Drop, The.
The drop is where an internet user initially gets up on the waves and drops down the face of the wave. It’s also described as “taking the drop.”.
Drop In.
Dropping in is a crime in the browse world. A drop-in is where a surfer captures a wave without having concern, i.e. there is already a web surfer on the wave. Please see diagram above. Keep in mind, it’s a CRIME!
Drop Knee.
Riding a longboard with one knee on the deck of the surf board.
Duck dive/ Duck Diving.
Duck Diving is diving under an oncoming wave when paddling out. See duck diving in full detail in surfing lesson three– duck diving.
Guy, we nearly forgot guy! Dude can imply basically anything depending on the tone and inflection. (Thanks go to Corey Ferguson for this one.).
Often triggered by onshore conditions, where a wave will fold over in huge areas, making it un-surfable.

Eat It.
Eliminating on a wave.
Endless Summer.
“Endless Summer” is the absolute timeless surfing film. Forget all this brand-new school difficult stuff. See this motion picture, and if you are not an internet user prior to viewing, you’ll certainly want to seek. I can not stress how great this is– WATCH IT! (Even the other half will enjoy it!!!) Check out this video and others at the surf video page.
Leading class browse or very good waves; description of an awesome wave or browse session.
Eskimo Roll.
( See Turtle Roll).
The unbroken part of the wave.
This is where somebody trips backwards on the surf board, tail initially. It’s also what you are if you’re just reading this page so you can pretend that you’re an internet user.
FCS represents fin control system. This is a type of fin that is fully detachable from the surfboard. It’s perfect if you break a fin (you do not need to get a brand-new on glassed back on), or if you are travelling. (It’s finest to get rid of the fins to keep your board from being harmed.).
The fin is the curved bit suspending under your surfboard that you keep bashing when you tie your surfboard to the roofing of your vehicle. It’s sometimes called a skeg.
Firing is the very same as “going off”, where the browse is great and the waves are breaking nicely.
A type of surfboard shape, shorter and thicker than a basic shortboard. Fish surfboards are for surfing smaller sized waves.
No waves. Boo hoo!
These are either whitewater waves or surf boards that are made out of foam. (They’re ideal for beginners.).
The rate of modification of density of a surfboard from the nose to the tail.
Surfing with your front to the wave. A regular footed web surfer going right or a wacky footed internet user going left will be surfing frontside. The reverse is behind.
The foam left after a wave has actually broken.
An internet user who does not catch a wave for the whole time they remain in the water.
A mid-length surf board, typically referred to as a very little; see funboard examples here.
This is the label of the title character developed in an unique by Frederick Kohner (and adjusted for three additional movies). Gidget is a contraction of “girl midget,” which is why it went on to be used to describe small female internet users.
Glass Job.
The fibreglass complete on a surf board.
This is ultra-clean surf without a ripple that typically looks like glass. Click here to see a glassy wave.
Especially harmful surfing conditions.
Goofy/ Goofy Foot.
Surfing with your ideal foot forward.
Goat Boater.
Derogatory term for kayakers and wave skiers.
Going off.
If the surf is truly good, you might state it’s going off.
Green Room.
Inside television or barrel.
Gremmie/ Grommet/ Grom.
Any of the above can be utilized to describe a young or unskilled surfing. Grommet is likewise the cute doggie character in the Nick Park animation productions. (And they are actually rather excellent!).
Grey Belly.
An older surfer with the big belly.
Falling off your board while surfing.
British surfing equipment producer.
A surfboard designed for huge waves.

Hang Eleven.
This is when a male surfer rides his board in the nude. (Such as nearby Black’s Beach in San Diego: thanks to Gary M. Steinhaus for this one!).
Hang Loose.
See Shacka.
Hang Ten.
If you’re riding a longboard with both feet straight on the nose of the board, your hanging 10. It’s also the name of a longboard publication.
Heavy has a number of significances. When utilized as in “heavy waves,” it implies big, gnarly, kick ass waves. Teahupoo, Mavericks and Pipeline are 3 waves that would need to be referred to as heavy with a capital “H.” The exact same term can be used to explain the residents at an area. (For the exact same kick ass reason!).
Anyone who frustrates board riders while they browse (austral Women’s Weekly Oct. 24, 1962).
A hodad is a non-surfing beach bottom. (Pix Sept. 28, 1963) Thanks go to John Gentile for the Hodads.
Tubing waves, a-frames, barrels.

Impact Zone.
The area where the waves are breaking.
In the Soup.
A term used when an internet user remains in the white foam of the wave after the wave has broken.
Slang for Indonesia, home of some timeless browse spots and a top surf trip destination.
The area of whitewater where the waves have broken, in between the coast and the line-up. Also, inside can be utilized to explain the area of a wave that breaks towards the end of the trip, closest to the coast.
Popular brand of surf clothes.

Jeffrey’s Bay/ J Bay.
Jeffrey’s Bay is a South African surf break of the greatest calibre. It’s one of the world’s most famous, high quality right handers. (Don’t understand exactly what a best hander is? Then go learn your waves. Go have a look at the area on waves.).
Junkyard Dog.
A surfer with bad style or a web surfer who just surfs lousy waves.

Another word for a barrel/ tube.
Kick Out.
Finishing a trip by turning back out over the top of the wave.
A new school surf trick which involves rotating the board 360 ° along it’s length while airborne, and landing back on the board. Here’s an excellent example.
A surfing spin-off, kneeboarding is riding the waves on your knees using an unique knee board.
A newbie or somebody who is not great at surfing. A shot hard. Someone who surfs to attempt and look cool. Somebody who does not follow the guidelines in the lineup, drops in etc. Are you a kook?

The layback is a surfing maneuver where the internet user literally lays in reverse on a wave. It’s one of surfing more extreme tricks.
This is the cord that is attached between your leg and your surfboard. Click on this link for more details about a leash or discover ways to connect your surfboard leash here.
A wave that breaks from right to left from an internet user viewpoint when facing into the coast.
Leg rope.
See Leash above.
Australian slang for the leash.
Line Up.
The line up is the place simply outside the breaking waves where surfers wait on their waves.
Unbroken waves heading to the coast. See corduroy.
The suggestion of the breaking part of the wave.
Locked In.
When a wave crashes and the surfer is within it.
A long surfboard with a rounded nose. See our longboard choice.
This is when the ocean goes flat in between sets and everyone sits around awaiting the waves to get here.

Mal/ Malibu.
Another description of a longboard surf board.
This is a popular huge wave spot off the California coast. Not to be puzzled with the film “Maverick”, starring Mel Gibson, although you require to be pretty brave to tackle both.
Guy In Grey Suits.
Waves that liquidate, break irregularly which are not perfect to surf on. The opposite of clean surf, usually brought on by an onshore or cross-shore wind.
Multi-world champ and all round surfing legend Mark Richards.
Wipe-out of the highest order.
Mush/ Mushburger.
Poor quality, sluggish, or non-powerful waves, often onshore.