Slang: A list of definitions for common surfer language and lingo...

Surfer's Alphabet*

Definitions

Avalanche

Any big wave that is breaking; a name for a surf spot located in Hawaii.

ASP

Association of Professional Surfing

Backdoor

Taking off behind the peak on a hollow wave.

Bail Out

Abandoning ones surfboard before getting wiped out.

Baggies

Surf or swim trunks.

Barney

An inexperienced surfer or one who acts immature

Barrel

A barrel is where the wave is hollow when it is breaking. For some surfers it's the be all and end all of surfing. Sometimes called a Tube.

Board

Short for surfboard

Beach Break

Waves breaking over a sand bottom.

Blank

The foam used to shape a surfboard.

Blown Out

Where the onshore wind turns the surf in to unrideable mush.

Bodyboard

A small soft foam "board" used primarily with swim fins, and ridden prone.

Bodysurf

Surfing the waves without a board.

Bomb(s)

Large and very large waves.

Brah

Hawaiian slang for brother, (Brudda).

Carve/carving

The classic surfing manoeuvre. Basically what turning on a wave is called.

Choppy

Ocean wave conditions that are rough not smooth.

Cannon ball

Going into the fetal position during a wipeout.

Caught inside

Surfers that are inside the breaking waves and can't get to the outside smooth water because of the white water

Clean

Good conditions, good waves, and good surfboards.

Close out

A wave that breaks all at once. A wave that peels, and then breaks all at once.

Cord

The urethane leash used to attach the surfboard to a surfer.

Cross step/stepping

The art of walking up and down a longboard - walking foot over foot.

Cutback

Reversing the direction that you are surfing in one smooth fluid move.

Dawn patrol

Early morning surf session

Deck

The top side of the surfboard.

Ding

Damage to a surfboard.

Dipping

A short board maneuver used when paddling out to get under and through on coming waves.

Double up

When two waves combine.

Drop in

Catching a wave and going down the face; catching a wave late and then standing up in front of someone already ridding.

Duck dive

Diving under a big wave while paddling out to line up.

Endless Summer

The best surfing movie ever!

Face

The complete front of a wave.

Fan

A trail of water sent shooting out momentarily suspended in air; the result of a high powered or quick turn.

Feathering

When waves are about to cap or break; the very first sight of white water at the top of a wave, just before it breaks or spills.

Fin(s)

The rudder(s) used on the bottom of surfboards for control

Foam

The material used to shape surfboards out of; the white water of a breaking wave; the bubbles left over from a breaking wave.

Front side

Facing the wave while surfing.

Goofy

A surfer who attaches the legrope to his/her left ankle.

Glassy

Very smooth ocean and wave conditions.

Gun

Surfboard designed to ride big waves.

Hit the lip

When a surfer maneuvers the surfboard up to meet the lip of the wave as it is coming down, and then comes down with it.

Hammered

Taking a pounding from a wave

Hang Loose

This is an old surfing term from Hawaii. It means take it easy, relax, "Hang loose and may the wind always be with you", "shaka"!

Hollow

A cylinder shaped wave.

Inisde

Surfing in the tube of a wave; being positioned on the shore side of the breaking waves.

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Krah

Hawaiian slang for brother, (Brudda).

Leash or Legrope

The urethane cord used to attach a surfboard to a surfer. (see cord).

Line up

Were the surfers are sitting; where the waves are breaking; a marker on the beach used to position off of.

Lines

The unbroken series of waves coming in.

Locals

Long time regulars at a particular surf spot, or area.

Long board

Any board 3 feet longer than your height with a wider rounded nose, (front).

Mushy

Non-powerful waves that crumble.

Natural

A surfer who attaches the legrope to his/her right ankle.

Nose

The front of the surfboard.

Overhead waves

Higher than a person's height over the falls: A wipe out where a surfer goes over with the breaking lip of the wave.

Peak

The highest part of a wave. The position where a wave first breaks

Pearl

A wipe out where the nose of the surfboard goes under the water.

Phazer

A surfboard designed with a dimpled bottom.

Point break

Waves breaking off and around an outcrop of land; also a movie with Keanu Reeves (Yummy!)

Pointy nose

The nose of a surfboard that is not round but pointy:-)...

Pop-up

Getting to ones feet, after catching the wave.

Quiver

A surfer's collection of boards, a board bag that holds several boards

Rail

The curve on the sides of a surfboard.

Reef break

Waves that break over a bottom other than sand.

Ripping

Surfing well.

SAS

Surfers Against Sewage an organization to clean up the water.

Shaka

The universal pinky-thimb hand signal for "awesome"!

Shooting the curl

Angling or trimming with the breaking part of the wave.

Short board

A small surfboard.

Shoulder

The unbroken edge of a breaking wave.

Sleeper set

Usually the biggest wave of the day that catches surfers off guard

Soft boards

Surfboards made of soft materials for safety.

Soup

The white water from a broken wave.

Spray

Water being blowing off the face of a wave, the "plume". The release of water from a surfboard as it moves along; especially strong after quick turns.

Stall

A maneuver intended to slow the surfboard's forward momentum in order to let the wave catch up, or to get in the barrel.

Stick

Slang for surfboard.

Surf chick

A female surfer

Surf wax

Wax that is used for traction, and applied to the deck of fiberglass surfboards.

Swell

Waves

Tail

The back end of a surfboard. 

Thruster

A 3-finned surfboard.

Tube

A hollow breaking wave, when a surfer rides inside a hollow breaking wave.

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Vertical

Turn straight up the wave

Wipe out

Falling off while surfing.

Worked

To "get worked" is to wipe out and get thrown about while being held under by the wave.

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Zipper

A fast breaking wave.

Zone

Where the waves are breaking; when rhythm, timing and flow come together.

*sources: www.girls-who-surf.com/surfer-lingo.html and www.greatlakessurfers.com/9.html and my own:-)...