Surf Terminology ListPosted by Jul17, 2008 Comments /span>
This is a work in progress, so if you can think of any lingo to add to this post leave a coment and I will add it.
- Swell: Open ocean wave before it breaks or arrival of a new batch of waves. For example (Hey bro I read on the internet that a new 6 foot swell is coming Tuesday or Wednesday.)
- Rip tide: or rip current: when Escaping water creates a river like current usually from the tide change and or swell directions.
- Tide: The depth of ocean water in relation to the shoreline. Caused by the moon tides switch direction twice a day constantly lowering or rising.
- Whitewater wave: A wave that has already broken creating a white foamy wave.
- Breaker: Moment in-between open swell and whitewater which is optimal for catching and riding.
- Pearling: A result of being to far forward and or late on take of, causing the nose of the board to dive underwater and the surfer to face plant.
- Take off: The moment of catching and standing up.
- Regular footed: Left foot forward stance.
- Goofy footed: Right foot forward stance.
- Backside: Riding a wave with your back to the face of the wave also known as heel side.
- Frontside: Riding a wave with your front facing the wave, also known as toe side.
- Dropping in: Cutting someone off or stealing someone’s wave otherwise known as snaking.
- Set: A new set of waves usually arriving in intervals.
- Lull: Period of time in between sets.
- Tube: Hollow section of a wave alson known as barrel, green room, shack, cover up, slot, pit, etc.
- Cutback: A turn or change of direction on an open face
- Lip: The falling point of a wave which results in a breaking wave.
- Face: The open rideable part of a wave that is usually in front of the lip and breaking section of a wave.
- Shoulder: The furthest section away from the breaking point of the wave.
- Outside or out the back: Out past the breaking point also known as the lineup where intermediate and advanced surfers wait for waves.
- Impact zone: The dangerous place where the waves are constantly breaking, just inside the lineup. Usually accompanied with a lot of movement in the water, or a rip.
- Trimming; The sweet spot on the board which generates the most speed for planning. Otherwise described as the gliding action of the board in relation to the wave.
- Onshore wind: A wind that is coming from the direction of the ocean, usually providing poor conditions.
- Offshore: A wind that comes from inland, these are favored for more hollow condition
- Pumping: Also known as rollercoasting similar to a pump in skateboarding down a ramp for more speed. The act applying pressure at the top of an open face wave on the surfboard by pumping with the legs in a top to bottom motion on the wave. For generating speed down the line
- Down the line: After take off, the act of riding a wave either left or right staying in front of the whitewash on the open face.
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