Surfer terms dictionary

Surfer terms dictionary | Surf Noosa

Air/Aerial: is the result of a very skilled maneuver where one is actually in the air after being on the top of the wave.

A frame: big wave with different shoulders on each side of the peak, looks like the letter A

Aggro: short for an aggressive surfer

Amped: a person that is very enthusiastic about surfing

Ankle slop: waves that are too small for surfing

ASP: Association of Surfing Professionals

Backhand/backside: refers to the surfer’s position related to the wave, you have your back at the wave and you are looking at the shore

Bail/bail out: to give up a surfboard while in the water because of the high waves or not managing to ride the wave

Barrel/tube/shack-tar: part of a breaking wave where one cannot be seen from the shore

Beach break: terms that defines the type of waves; these waves are found on sand bottom beaches

Body surfing: type of surfing where one uses his or her body for surfing

Board/surf board: the board one uses to surf

Caught in a fish net: not a good day for a surfer who cannot stay on the board and /or ride a wave

Choppy: term that describes the waves and the sea because of windy conditions;

Close out: term used to describe waves that cannot be ridden across

Cooking: describes the best surfing conditions in terms of weather and waves

Crew: several surfers who hang out in the same area

Deck: the name of the part of the board to stand on

Ding/ dent: when the surfboard is not perfect anymore the dimple, trace or fissure is called a ding

Drop in: breaking the surf rules by catching a wave in a spot where there is already another surfer.

Duck dive/duck diving: a way of passing through a breaking wave while paddling

Eat it: to lose a board because of a wave

Epic: term used to describe a wonderful surf day

Eskimo roll/ turtle roll: a way of passing through breaking waves while still being away from the shore

Endless summer: a must see movie for all surf enthusiasts

Face: onward facing section of a wave, the section of the wave that did not break

Fin: part of the board that helps one from gliding to one side; most of the board have three fins, but some have two, four or even five fins.

Flat/flat spell: water with no waves whatsoever

Forehand/frontside: positioned with the face toward the wave

Funboard: type of surfboard with length size in between the shortboard and the longboard

Glass house / green room: the interior of a tube

Goofy foot/ goofy: describing a person that uses the right foot first instead of the left foot.

Gun: type of board that is long and thin and it was especially designed for big waves

Hang five/hang ten: method of hanging on the board by using your toes

Hold down: the period of time a surfer is kept down by a wave

Iced: the ideal execution of a wave

Impact zone: the spot in which the waves split

ISA: short for the International Surfing Association

Kneeboarding: type of surfing where you do not stand up on the board

Leash: string that attaches to the board to prevent one from losing the board if thrown off it

Lip: the section of the wave at the top

Localism: when local surfers are unfriendly with visiting surfers

Longboard/ mat: type of board used for surfing on certain beaches, type of surfing

Men in grey suits: synonym for sharks in the surf culture

Mush/mushy: small waves that are not good for surfing

Nose: the tip of the surf board

Nose guard: rubber put at the front of the board to minimize injuries of others

Nose ride: term used to describe when the surfer rides on the nose of the board

Offshore: refers to the direction of the wind, the wind blows out to sea

Onshore: refers to the direction of the wind, the wind blows out from the sea, thus the conditions for surfing are not good.

Over the falls: surfer that drops from the crest of the wave to the base of it in one movement

Peak: the part of the wave that gives a surfer the choice of going either side from take off

Pin tail: type of surf board that has a rounded back

Pull in: method of rotating the surf board to make it go into the tube

Quad: type of surf board with four fins

Quiver: name given to a collection of surf boards

Quicksilver: famous brand for surf gear

Rail: part of a surf board, it is the side of the board and it can come in two types of rails: soft or hard

Regular foot: opposite of goofy foot

Rip/rip current: a current that sets out to the sea

S.A.S.: short for Surfers Against Sewage

Set: two or more waves that follow one after the other

Sex wax: name of a surf board wax

Square tail: type of back of surf board that is not rounded like a pin tail

Surf board/stick: board used for surfing, comes in different sizes and shapes

Take off: the process of catching a wave and riding on it.

Thruster: name of the surf board that has three fins

Tight: surf board that is difficult to turn

Wax: chemical used for surf boards

Wetsuit: gear used for surfing especially when the weather is colder

Wipe out: expression used to describe the action of falling off the board

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