Life is Mo Bettah, when you Surf!

4200 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77550

(409) 771-6571

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Surfer Lingo



Aerial- a move where a surfer hits the crest of the wave and flies through the air


A-frame - a wave peak breaking left and right with perfect shape


Alaia - a surfboard made of wood originally used by Hawaiians to surf breaking waves in the late 1800s


Aloha- Hawaiian greeting that means "hello" or "goodbye"


Amped - excited, stoked


Backdoor - when a surfer pulls into a hollow section from behind the section


Backside- when a surfer rides with his back to the wave


Backwash - when a wave sweeps up the beach and returns to the ocean, sometimes colliding with incoming waves


Bail - an evasive maneuver used when a surfer is caught inside or about to wipeout


Bailing - letting go of your surfboard


Barrel - the tube, the curl of the wave


Beach break - waves that break over sandbars


Beach bum -someone, usually a surfer, that hangs around the beach


Bellyboard - a bodyboard, a small board used to ride waves in prone position


Blank - a rough block of polyurethane foam that will be transformed into a 

surfboard


Bodysurf - the sport of riding waves using the body and swim fins


Bogging - when a surfer's weight is too far back and the surfboard nose lifts up


Bombora - a deep water, offshore reef break


Bottomturn - when a surfer turns at the bottom of the wave to start trimming the optimal surf line


Burn - to drop in on someone, or steal a wave from another surfer without priority


Carve - a sharp turn on the wave face


Chandelier - water falling at a barrel opening threatening the tube rider


Chop - bumpy ocean and wave conditions that are rough due to strong winds and/or currents


Closeout - when a wave breaks all at once, with no shape or shoulder


Corduroy - the vision of a series of swells marching in from the horizon


Crest - the top and highest point of a wave


Cutback- a turn performed on the flats or in the shoulder of the wave, in order to get the surfer back on the surf line


Dawn patrol - early morning surf session


Deck - the top of the surfboard


Ding - a crack, hole or fracture in a surfboard


Drop in - to get in the right of way of a surfer who is already riding a wave


Drop - the moment after paddling in and standing up, just before the first turn of the wave face


Duck Diving - a technique of pushing the surfboard under and through a breaking wave


Dude - a cool person, surfer or skateboarder


Epoxy - a type of plastic resin used to produce surfboards


Fetch - the uninterrupted distance over which the wind blows without a significant change of direction


Fin - a hydrofoil mounted at the tail of a surfboard to improve directional stability and control through foot-steering


Flat - no waves or surf


Flats - the horizontal part of a breaking wave, also known as the shoulder


Floater- surf maneuver where the rider goes over the top of a crumbling section and ends up in the flats


Foam - whitewater


Foam board - a surfboard for beginners with a soft foam exterior


Frontside - when a surfer rides facing the wave


Glassy - smooth water with no ripples

 

Gnarly - awesome, as in “Gnarly Dude!”


Goofy foot - a surfer who rides waves with his right leg forward


Grommet - a young surfer


Groundswell - swell that traveled thousands of miles through the ocean, with a period of 15 seconds or more


Gun - a big surfboard for riding big waves


Hang loose - a Hawaiian expression for a relaxing, easygoing and carefree attitude


Hang ten - to surf a wave with all ten toes on the nose of the surfboard


Hawaiian scale - an underestimated way of measuring waves by the Hawaiians


Heat - a competitive period held in surf contests


Inside - the area where waves end, as opposed to outside


Kahuna - wizard, magician


Kick out - a surf maneuver done at the end of a wave ride to exit it


Knot - a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour


Leash - the cord that attaches a surfboard to the surfer


Lineup- the spot in the ocean where surfers line up to catch waves, just behind the breaking zone


Lip - the curling part of a wave


Local - a surfer from the area


Longboard - the longest surfboard


Lull - time between sets of wave with no waves breaking


Mack - big


Mental - crazy or radical


Mysto spot - a surf spot that breaks on a far away reef


Neoprene - an ultra stretchy rubber made from melted-down petroleum chips used to make wetsuits


Offshore wind - wind blowing from the shore out to the ocean, holding the curl line and smoothing the wave face


Onshore wind - wind blowing from the ocean toward shore, destroying the quality of waves


Out the back - an Australian expression for paddling through the breaking waves into the line-up zone


Outline - the shape of a surfboard from nose to tail


Outside - the line-up area, as opposed to inside


Paddle battle - a race between surfers to get into a curl first and get the right of way


Paipo- a small bellyboard 


Peak - the spot in the ocean where the wave breaks for both sides


Pearling - what happens when a surfer's weight is too far forward and the surfboard nose dives underwater


Perfect 10 - a perfectly ridden wave in competitive surfing


Pit - the impact zone of the wave, or the most hollow part of the tube


Pitted - tubed, barreled


Point break - a really long wave to ride as the wave wraps around a point or headland and then runs along the coastline of a bay or cove


Polyurethane - the most common type of material used in surfboard manufacturing


Pop-up - the quick move a surfer makes to rise to a standing position when taking off on a wave


Punt - to perform an aerial maneuver


Quiver - the number/collection of surfboards owned by a surfer


Rail - the edge of a surfboard


Rash guard - a form-fitting shirt made of nylon-polyester-spandex mixture used under the wetsuit


Reef break - a wave that breaks over rock or coral


Reflection - when a wave strikes a hard object and bounces some of its energy off into another direction


Refraction - the effect by which a swell moving along a point of land slows down where it feels shallow water


Regular foot - a surfer who rides waves with his left leg forward


Right of way - priority given to the surfer closer to the breaking part of the wave


Rip - to surf very well


Rip Current - strong surface current of short duration flowing seaward from the shore, also known as rip tide or undertow


Rocker - the curve of the surfboard bottom from nose to tail viewed from the side


Rogue wave - an open ocean wave bigger than the current sea condition


Section - a part of the wave that breaks ahead of the curl line


Set - a group of waves


Shaka - a Hawaiian hand gesture used to say "hello," "great," "cool" and "alright"


Shaper - a surfboard designer and producer


Shoaling - the effect by which waves entering shallower water increase in height


Shortboard - a small surfboard


Skeg - an old expression for surfboard fin


Slab - a heavy reef break coming out of deep water and breaking in shallow water


Soup - the broken foam of a wave


Spear - Australian slang for surfboard 


Stall - when a surfer slows the speed of the surfboard to let the tube catchup


Stance - the surfer's feet position on a surfboard


Stick - slang for surfboard


Stringer - the wooden material that runs down the center of the surfboard to give strength and flexibility to the foam


Stoked - enthusiastic, exhilarated, or excited


SUP - stand up paddleboard


Surging wave - a wave that doesn't have time to break because the transition from deep-water to shallow water is too fast


Swell - energy powered by strong winds which produces wave trains


Take-off - the start of a wave ride


Tow-in - when surfers get towed into waves on jet skis that can't be paddled into


Trimming - finding the perfect surf line for speed on the wave face


Trough - the bottom of the wave, the opposite of a crest


Tube - the hollow interior of a wave, also known as barrel


Turtle roll - a surfing technique where the surfer flips the board over in front of an oncoming wave to get under it


Twin-fin - a surfboard with two fins


Wahine - a female surfer, AKA Val


Wave height - the difference between the elevations of a crest and a neighboring trough


Wave period - time between two consecutive wave crests


Wave train - a group of swells of similar wavelengths


Wavelength - the distance between the crest of one wave to the crest of the next wave


Wax - a paraffin-based product which is applied to the surfboard deck to increase traction and reduce slipperiness 


Wedge - a steep wave


Wetsuit - a garment made of neoprene which provides thermal insulation


Whitewater -the foamy, white-colored water created where a wave breaks


Windswell - a group of waves generated by local winds less than 800 miles from the coast


Wipeout - an unexpected fall off a surfboard while surfing a wave

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