Backyard Special. A poorly constructed, homemade surfboard.
Bail. Leap from a surfboard when confronted with danger.
Body Flyaway. Jumping clear of one’s surfboard to avoid body, board contact.
Bowl Section. That part of a wave resembling the contours of a salad bowl.
B.S.B. A black surfer, laterally. Black Surfing Brother. Used cordially.
Crew. Individuals who restrict their surfing to one locale.
Cruiser. A very wide surfboard. Also, an inept surfer.
Dawn Patrol. Exceedingly dedicated surfers who arise very early in an effort to avoid crowds.
Dwid Dangler. A leash attached at one end of the surfboard and fastened to the ankle. Prevents board from washing ashore in the event of a fall.
Eat it. To be unceremoniously dumped from one's surfboard by a wave.
Elephant Gun. A specially designed surfboard. long and narrow, used in big surf.
Feathering. The breaking action of a wave w hen buffeted by off-shore winds.
Fish. A short surfboard with split tail and twin fins.
Freight Train. A last-moving wave.
Glassy. Smooth. Used to describe wave conditions.
Gnarly. A term applied to especially rough surf. May also be used to describe an individual wave of particular ferocity.
Hot Dog. To surf in a flamboyant, styled manner. Also, one who adopts such a form.
Hot Lips. Waves which break in a manner conducive to good surfing.
Inside. An area of breaking waves close to shore.
Kook. An individual who does not surf well.
Laid Out. The act of performing a sharp, tight turn on a surfboard.
Liplock. An undesirable condition in which one is caught at the top of a wave as it is breaking.
Log. A very long and heavy surfboard.
Lunch. A very bad fall in which one is devoured by the wave.
Mushburgers. Small waves devoid of sufficient form or power.
Noseride. A surfing position in which one's toes dangle from the tip of the board.
Outside. An area of breaking w aves far from shore.
Pitched Out. To be thrown headlong from one's surfboard down the lace of a wave.
Pocket Rocket. A fast, highly maneuverable surfboard.
Quasi. An individual who feigns surfing expertise.
Quasimoto. A squatting position employed when riding through a wave's curl.
Quizmo. A derogatory term applied to unpopular individuals.
Rhino Chaser. Same as Elephant Gun.
Ricochet. A turn made at the top of a wave.
Ripping. Surfing exceptionally well.
Rock Dance. The act of carefully walking over rocks in shallow water.
Roundhouse Cutback. An extreme change of direction while riding a wave.
Set. A series of waves.
Sponge. A wave which has little power. Similar to Mushburger.
Stick. A surfboard.
Stoked. A feeling of exhilaration, euphoria.
Styled Out. A term used to describe individuals who compensate for their lack of skill by assuming exaggerated mannerisms.
Suck Out. A very steep wave face.
Thick lip. The upper portion of a breaking wave.
Three-Sixty. An extremely difficult maneuver in which a surfer, using his feet, swings his board in a full circle while proceeding across the face of a wave.
Through the Lip. Forging ahead through the breaking part of the wave.
Tube. The curling section of a wave. Under certain conditions, this may form a kind of watery tunnel.
Turtle. To roll upside dow n, board on top. in order to pass through the white water of a broken wave.
Unlocal. A person who does not surf in the area of his residence. Generally used with malice.
Vibe Level. A sense of camaraderie resulting from mingling with other surfers.
Wired. Mastery of a particular surfing location. '
Zig Zag. A wave-riding technique in which one crosses back and forth across a wave.