Overdoing it; excited; stoked.
Turning left and/or right on a wave.
- Ankle Busters:
An outer reef surf spot on Oahu, Hawaii; the white water pouring down the face of a wave.
Great; fantastic (also see "Off the Richter," "Off the Wall," "Outrageous").
- Back Down:
To decide not to take off on a wave.
Oversized, loose fitting boxer-type swim trunks worn for show or comfort by surfers.
- Bail out:
To get away from, jump off, or dive off the surfboard just before a potential wipe out.
A gung-ho type of yell given by surfers as they shoot the curl (also see "Cowabunga").
- Banzai Pipeline:
A surf spot on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, between Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach; also called Pipeline (also see "Pipeline").
The breaking motion of a perfect wave; a hollow channel formed inside a good wave when it breaks and curls over.
- Beach Bunny:A girl who goes to the beach to watch surfing.
- Beached:Totally stuffed from eating.
- Beaver tail:A wet suit that features a snap-on crotch, the shape of which resembles a beaver's tail.
- Big Gun:A 9-foot or longer surfboard especially designed for large waves.
- Big Surf:Extremely large waves (also see "Bombora," "Heavies").
- Bitchin:(also "Bitchen") Very good; tops; excellent (also see "Boss," "Excellent," "Primo," "Rad").
- Blown Out:Winds blowing so hard as to chop up the surf and render it unridable.
- Body Surfing:Riding the waves without a surfboard.
- Bogus:False; lame; ridiculous; unbelievable.
- Bombora:An Australian word that refers to a big wave that breaks outside the normal surf line.
- Bone Yard:The area where the waves break.
- Boogie Board:A soft, flexible foam bodyboard invented in the 1970s (unlike a surfboard, a boogie board is ridden lying down).
- Boss:Outstanding; the best (also see "Bitchin," "Excellent," "Primo," "Rad").
- Breaker:Any wave that breaks on the way to the beach.
- Breakwater:A line of large boulders, cement, and/or steel extending out into the water and designed to reduce shoreline erosion.
- Bro:(also "Bra") Short for "brother" (also see "Dude").
- Bummer:Too bad; a total drag.
- Bunny:(see "Beach Bunny")
- Carve:To make a radical turn (also see "Hot-Dogging," "Shred").
- Catch a Wave:
To ride a breaking wave.
To carve an S-shaped path on a wave, making a radical
- Dropping:bottom turn, climbing to the wave's crest, then radically cutting back
- Cheater Five:
Five toes on the nose - keep your weight back on the board to maintain trim and speed, squat down and extend one foot forward
Riding a surfboard while lying stiffly on one's back with arms crossed.
(also "Kowabunga") A yell of excitement by a surfer (also see "Banzai").
The top portion of a wave.
A big, hard-breaking wave that folds over and is almost impossible to ride.
The portion of the wave that is spilling over and breaking.
- Cut Back:
To turn toward the breaking part of the wave.
- Cut out:
To pull out of the wave, like kicking out.
A hole, crack, dent, or scratch on the surface of a surfboard.
Multicolored swimming trunks.
Someone behaving inappropriately (also see "Geek," "Kook").
- Double Spinner:
Two consecutive 360-degree body spins on a surfboard.
- Drop Knee:
One foot on the bodyboard, with the other hanging off the back. Difficult and fun.
A male surfing enthusiast (women are referred to as "dudettes").
A geek; someone who acts or looks like a simpleton.
- Eat It:
To fall off of a surfboard (also see "Wipe Out").
- El Rollo:
Lying prone on a surfboard and holding on to the sides while rolling 360-degrees during a ride.
Great; fantastic; exceptional (also see "Bitchin," "Boss," "Primo," "Rad").
The unbroken wall, surface, or nearly vertical front of a wave.
- Fer Sure:
The surfer pronunciation of "for sure," meaning absolutely, correct, or definitely.
Someone behaving inappropriately (also see "Kook," "Dork").
(see "Green Room")
A smooth water surface condition caused by absence of local winds.
Anything that's really great or awesome.
Treacherous; large and dangerous. Also bitchin
Riding a surfboard with the right foot forward (left foot forward is the more common stance).
- Green Room:
The space inside of a tube.
A young hodad; a beginning surfer (also see "Grommet").
A young hodad; a beginning surfer (also see "Gremlin").
- Ground Swell:
Large waves generated by distant storms.
A large surfboard designed for very big waves (see "Big Gun").
- Hang Five/Ten:
To place five (or ten) toes over the nose of the surfboard (also see "Toes on the Nose").
- Head Dip:
Touching the water with your head while surfing.
Standing on one's head while riding a wave.
Very big waves usually higher than 12 feet.
- Hit the Surf:
To go surfing.
A really big wave (also see "Heavies," "Bombora").
Fancy surfing done by a skilled surfer.
A non-surfer, usually someone who just hangs around the beach.
Female surfers or girlfriends of surfers.
- Huarache Sandals:
Leather sandals worn by surfers with a sole made from tire treads.
The Hawaiian god of sun, sand, and surf.
Riding the board at the nose with arms held straight out to each side.
- Kick Out:
To push down on the tail of a surfboard to lift and turn the nose over the top of the wave.
Callouses, or calcium deposits, just below the knee and on the tops of the foot caused by kneeling on the surfboard.
(also "Kuk") A surfing beginner; someone who gets in the way or into trouble because of ignorance or inexperience (also see "Dork," "Geek").
A cord attaching the surfer's ankle to the surfboard.
- Locked In:
Firmly set in the curling portion of the wave with water holding down the tail of the board.
Slang for pre-foam board made of wood.
A surfboard eight to ten feet long.
- Max Out:
To be over the limit.
The yellow flag with the black circle indicating "No Surfing".
Something huge; of epic proportions.
To get badly wiped out.
- Neptune Cocktail:
The large bellyful of seawater that one ingested during a particularly gnarly wipeout. Usually happened concurrently with the Sand Facial.
The bow or front end of a surfboard.
- Off the Richter:
Used to describe something that's very good, excellent, or "off the scale" (also see "Awesome," "Off the Wall," "Outrageous").
- Off the Wall:
Incredible, excellent (also see "Awesome," "Off the Richter," "Outrageous").
Incredible, excellent (also see "Awesome," "Off the Richter," "Off the Wall").
- Outside Break:
The area farthest from shore where the waves are breaking.
- Over the Falls:
To wipe out, or to get dragged over as the wave breaks.
Driving the nose of a surfboard under water to stop or slow down the ride. The term is borrowed from "pearl diving."
A brightly colored plaid wool or flannel shirt worn by some surfers.
A surf spot on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, between Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach; also called Banzai Pipeline. Originally named by surfing filmmaker Bruce Brown (also see "Banzai Pipeline").
- Point Break:
A type of surf break where waves wrap around a promontory of land and curl as they break. A classic example of a point break is located at Rincon, California, just south of the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line.
A surfer "wanna-be"; someone who only dresses the part.
A hard-breaking wave.
Ride with your belly on the board. The most common and easiest way to ride a bodyboard.
- Prone Out:
Pulling out of a wave by dropping to your belly causing the nose to go under water and the tail to turn around.
The best (also see "Bitchin," "Boss," "Excellent," "Rad").
- Pull Out:
To steer a surfboard over or through the back of a wave to end a ride.
Riding forward in a hunched-over position; riding a
wave on the nose of a surfboard in a crouched position with one arm forward and one arm back, named by surfer Mickey Mu÷oz.
Very good; tops; excellent (also see "Bitchin," "Boss," "Primo," "Excellent").
The rounded edges of the surfboard.
Attacking the lip, usually going vertically and then turning nose down and re-entering the wave.
Executing drastic and radical moves on the wave. Having it your way with a wave.
- Sand Facial:
The result of wiping out and being dragged along the bottom, face first.
Abbreviated form of San Onofre; also means a very clean, nicely contoured wave condition.
- Selling Buicks:
The process of reversing the ingestion of the dreaded Neptune Cocktail. After selling Buicks, it was generally assumed that ones day at the beach was pretty much over.
A group of waves.
The configuration, or form, of a wave.
- Shoot the Curl:
Riding a surfboard through, or in and out of, the hollow part of the wave formed as it crests over.
- Shoot the Pier:
Riding a surfboard in between the pilings of a beachside pier.
- Shoot the Tube:
(see "Shoot the curl")
- Shore Break:
Waves break very close to the beach.
To surf aggressively (also see "Hot-Dogging).
- Sidewalk Surfing:
The fin at the tail end of a surfboard.
The foamy part of the broken wave; the white water.
- Spin Out:
The result of a surfboard's skeg and tail end losing contact with the wave face and the surfer wipes out.
A surfer making a complete 360-degree turn in an upright position while the surfboard keeps going straight (also called a "360").
Somebody that bodyboards.
- Surfs Up:
Waves are breaking and surfable.
Happy; excited; contented.
The wood strip running down the center of the board; sometimes used for design.
- Surf Bunny:
A surfer's girlfriend; a female surfer (also see "Beach Bunny").
A surfing trip; a hunt for good surf.
Unbroken waves moving in groups of similar height and frequency.
The stern or rear end of a surfboard.
- Tail Slide:
Part of a larger maneuver in which the surfer purposely makes his/her fins lose their grip and the board slides.
The start of a ride.
- Taking Gas:
To wipe out.
Two people riding on a surfboard at the same time, usually a man and woman.
- Toes on the Nose:
Riding a surfboard with the toes hanging over the front end (also see "Hang Five/Ten")
The hollow portion of a wave formed when the crest spills over and makes a tunnel or hollow space in front of the face of the wave. (The Green Room)
Riding inside the "tube".
Person from the San Fernando Valley, as referred to by persons living in the L.A.-area beach cities.
- Walking the Board:
Walking back and forth on the surfboard to maintain control.
- Walking the Nose:
Moving forward on the board toward the front or nose.
Substance applied to the top, or deck, of surfboards for traction.
- Wedge, The:
A famous, but dangerous, body surfing spot located at the tip of the Balboa peninsula in Newport Beach, California.
- Wet Suit:
A neoprene rubber suit used by surfers to keep warm.
- Wipe Out:
To fall off or be knocked off your board (also see "Eat It").
A station wagon, made in the '40s and '50s, with wood paneling on the sides.