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Slang from the Surfer Erra

Amped:
Overdoing it; excited; stoked.


Anglin':
Turning left and/or right on a wave.

 
Ankle Busters:
Small waves.
 
 
Avalanche:
An outer reef surf spot on Oahu, Hawaii; the white water pouring down the face of a wave.

 
Awesome:
Great; fantastic (also see "Off the Richter," "Off the Wall," "Outrageous").

 
Back Down:
To decide not to take off on a wave.

 
Baggys/Baggies:
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.

 
Banzai:
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").

 
Barrel:
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.

 
Climbing:
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

 
Coffin:
Riding a surfboard while lying stiffly on one's back with arms crossed.

 
Cowabunga:
(also "Kowabunga") A yell of excitement by a surfer (also see "Banzai").

 
Crest:
The top portion of a wave.

 
Cruncher:
A big, hard-breaking wave that folds over and is almost impossible to ride.

 
Curl:
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.

 
Ding:
A hole, crack, dent, or scratch on the surface of a surfboard.

 
Doggers:
Multicolored swimming trunks.

 
Dork:
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.

 
Dude:
A male surfing enthusiast (women are referred to as "dudettes").

 
Dweeb:
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.

 
Excellent:
Great; fantastic; exceptional (also see "Bitchin," "Boss," "Primo," "Rad").

 
Face:
The unbroken wall, surface, or nearly vertical front of a wave.

 
Fer Sure:
The surfer pronunciation of "for sure," meaning absolutely, correct, or definitely.

 
Geek:
Someone behaving inappropriately (also see "Kook," "Dork").

 
Glasshouse:
(see "Green Room")

 
Glassy:
A smooth water surface condition caused by absence of local winds.

 
Gnarlatious:
Anything that's really great or awesome.

 
Gnarly:
Treacherous; large and dangerous. Also bitchin

 
Goofy-Foot:
Riding a surfboard with the right foot forward (left foot forward is the more common stance).

 
Green Room:
The space inside of a tube.

 
Gremlin:
A young hodad; a beginning surfer (also see "Grommet").
 
Gremmy/Gremmie:
(See "Hodad")

 
Grommet:
A young hodad; a beginning surfer (also see "Gremlin").

 
Ground Swell:
Large waves generated by distant storms.

 
Gun:
A large surfboard designed for very big waves (see "Big Gun").

 
Hairy:
(see "Gnarly")

 
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.

 
Headstand:
Standing on one's head while riding a wave.

 
Heavies:
Very big waves usually higher than 12 feet.

 
Hit the Surf:
To go surfing.

 
Honker:
A really big wave (also see "Heavies," "Bombora").

 
Hot-Dogging:
Fancy surfing done by a skilled surfer.

 
Hodad:
A non-surfer, usually someone who just hangs around the beach.

 
Honeys:
Female surfers or girlfriends of surfers.

 
Huarache Sandals:
Leather sandals worn by surfers with a sole made from tire treads.

 
Jetty:
(see "Breakwater")

 
Kahuna:
The Hawaiian god of sun, sand, and surf.

 
Kamikaze:
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.

 
Knots:
Callouses, or calcium deposits, just below the knee and on the tops of the foot caused by kneeling on the surfboard.

 
Kook:
(also "Kuk") A surfing beginner; someone who gets in the way or into trouble because of ignorance or inexperience (also see "Dork," "Geek").

 
Kowabunga:
(see "Cowabunga")

 
Kuk:
(see "Kook")

 
Leash:
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.

 
Log:
Slang for pre-foam board made of wood.

 
Longboard:
A surfboard eight to ten feet long.

 
Max Out:
To be over the limit.

 
Meatball:
The yellow flag with the black circle indicating "No Surfing".

 
Mondo:
Something huge; of epic proportions.

 
Nailed:
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.

 
Nose:
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").

 
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.

 
Pearl:
Driving the nose of a surfboard under water to stop or slow down the ride. The term is borrowed from "pearl diving."

 
Pendleton:
A brightly colored plaid wool or flannel shirt worn by some surfers.

 
Pipeline:
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.

 
Poser:
A surfer "wanna-be"; someone who only dresses the part.

 
Pounder:
A hard-breaking wave.

 
Prone:
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.

 
Primo:
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.

 
Quasimoto:
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 Muöoz.

 
Rad/Radical:
Very good; tops; excellent (also see "Bitchin," "Boss," "Primo," "Excellent").

 
Rails:
The rounded edges of the surfboard.

 
Re-Entry:
Attacking the lip, usually going vertically and then turning nose down and re-entering the wave.

 
Ripping:
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.

 
Sano:
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.

 
Set:
A group of waves.

 
Shape:
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.

 
Shred:
To surf aggressively (also see "Hot-Dogging).

 
Sidewalk Surfing:
Skateboarding.

 
Skeg:
The fin at the tail end of a surfboard.

 
Soup:
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.

 
Spinner:
A surfer making a complete 360-degree turn in an upright position while the surfboard keeps going straight (also called a "360").

 
Sponger:
Somebody that bodyboards.

 
Stick:
Surfboard.

 
Surfs Up:
Waves are breaking and surfable.

 
Stoked:
Happy; excited; contented.

 
Stringer:
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").

 
Surfari:
A surfing trip; a hunt for good surf.

 
Swells:
Unbroken waves moving in groups of similar height and frequency.

 
Tail:
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.

 
Takeoff:
The start of a ride.

 
Taking Gas:
To wipe out.

 
Tandem:
Two people riding on a surfboard at the same time, usually a man and woman.

 
360:
(See "Spinner")

 
Toes on the Nose:
Riding a surfboard with the toes hanging over the front end (also see "Hang Five/Ten")

 
Tube:
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)

 
Tubed:
Riding inside the "tube".

 
Val:
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.

 
Wax:
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").

 
Woodie:
A station wagon, made in the '40s and '50s, with wood paneling on the sides.

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