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Surf Slang Words

Explore the meanings and the usage of common slang words and phrases used formally and informally by surfers to describe the lifestyle they inhabit. In other words, check out the cool words that surfers are saying every day.

Acetone
Acetone is as stinky and toxic as the resin it can dissolve, but it is quite handy around the shaping bay.

Aggro
If someone in the water says you're aggro, is that good or bad? Surfers have a gift for unique words and description, so it could mean anything. But what does "aggro" really mean? Read on...

Air to Fakie
Definition of a modern surfing maneuver: air to fakie.

Alaia Board
In the history or surfing, no surfboard has richer roots or a more surprising rebirth than the Hawaiian alaia boards Dating back to a time when just a few lucky souls peppered Waikiki Beach, alaia boards are surfing's first hotgod model when compared to the longer, heavier olo boards.

Amped
Amped? Sounds like a something your mechanic would do to a car, but it's really a surf slang word that is one of the most prized feelings a surfer can have.

ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals)
The ASP(Association of Surfing Professionals)is the current governing body of professional surfing. Learn more.

Axed
When most people get axed, they either lose a job or lose their head, but when a surfer gets axed, it's a whole different deal. Read more...

Backdoor
Dictionary Definition of surf slang term: Backdoor

Beach Break
Beach break is yet another surf term added to the surfing dictionary. Here you'll read a definition and sentence explaining the meaning of the surf term "beach break."

Beast
Beast is a complex term when it comes to surfing. It can be an adjective, a noun, and even an adverb, but it always says the same thing about waves and surfers. Want to know more? Read on

Blow it
A hurtful statement when you're on the receiving end, but damn funny from the beach.

Blown Out
What does it mean when a surfer says the waves are blown out? Read to find out...

Bombin'
If every day of surfing could be like this, it would be a perfect world.

Bro, Dude, Brah, Bruddah, Homie, Brother, Dude
Surfer terms of endearment and dictionary slangs terms.

Buckets
When a surfer refers to "buckets," what the heck does it mean? Are buckets good or bad? Read on...

Chandelier
A chandelier for surfers? Yes, this is one of the many new additions to the surfing lexicon. Like all language, surfing slang is ever changing. but the questions remains: what is a chandelier in reference to surfing? Read on...

Channel
A place of safety and introspection, but don't sit there too long.

Cross stepping
Cross-stepping is the way to ride a longboard. It's the defining factor between commitment and just faking it on a log. Come on! Don't just scoot along that deck. Cross-step and get real.

Cutback
The way to stay in the power.

Dawn Patrol
It's 5:30 in the morning. Do you know if the surf is good? You better get on it.

Definition of Grommet
Surf slang glossary of terms from About.com

Definition of Snake
Surf Slang Glossary at About.com

Delamination
Don't leave your board in a car with the windows up, or your board may suffer this fate.

Doggy Door
For a surfer, the doggy door isn't the same one Fido uses to go relieve himself. Instead, the doggy door is the way a surfer finds daylight when deep in the barrel under pressue of a fat closeout. Want to know what all this means? Read on...

Draining
Definition and usage of the word "draining" when used in surfing.

Endo
Let's say you are surfing, ya know, getting some waves, catching a few bombs, throwing down a solid session and suddenly you endo. That's right "endo." What does that mean? Is it good? Bad? Read on a find out.

Epoxy
Definition of surfing term: epooxy...as in epoxy surfboards. Surfboards have gone through a quantum leap in technological momentum and epoxy is once again part of the front line. Learn more...

Fade
To fade is to remain in the power source, to stay close to the energy. Is this some new religious philosophy? Nope...it's just a cool surf slang word. What does is mean to fade? Read on to find out.

Fetch
Fetch isn't just something your dog does. For surfers, fetch plays an important role in the waves they ride. Learn more about fetch...

Fins
When you learn to turn, you'll be glad you've got these under foot.

Foil
Foil? Surf shop employees are always going on about foil to would-be surfboard buyers. To which, most buyers just nod and smile. But what is foil? Read on...

Gaff
Definition of surfing term: "Gaff"

Gloss Coat
A gloss coat sounds indulgent and for some it is, but what is it? Read on...

Hack
Definition of surfing term..."hack".

Impact Zone
This is the wrong place at the wrong time.

Kook
Definition of Kook from About.com

Leash
If you are a new surfer, don't be caught in the water without this lifesaver.

Lineup
Where does the best conversation take place while surfing? The answer is here.

Lineup Land Marker
Lineup land markers are a secret way surfers ensure they will get the best waves. Any surfer worth his saltwater uses a marker (especially in big surf). What is a lineup land marker? Read on...

Low-pressure System
Low-pressure systems (lows) may seem like ominous precursors to destructive weather, but when you are a surfer, nothing strikes hope into your heart like a spiraling low-pressure system meandering off the coast. Read more...

Lip
A lip is for smacking. Sounds violent, huh? But in surfing, smacking, cracking, wacking, destroying, and downright obliterating a lip is great thing. Learn more...

Mysto Spot
Surf Dictionary definitions of terms: mysto spot

Nipple Rash
Nipple rash? The term itself is graphic and screams of pain, but why does it happen? When does it happen? And most importantly, will it happen to you? Read on...

Nose-Dive
Digging your nose is not just kid's stuff.

Old School
Dictionary definition of surf slang word: old school.

Pit
The best and worst place to be.

Polyurethane Foam
Polyurethane foam is now just one of the many options for surfboard construction, but for a time few ventured far from its ease and price. Polyurethane is light and easily shaped. Learn more...

Punt
Surf Slang Definition: Punt

Rash
If you've got a bumpy, red patch on your stomach, either you're surfing a lot, or you need to go the doctor.

Reverse
The reverse has gone from surfing novelty to performance standard. Whether your looking for a pro surfing paycheck or trying to impress your bros on the beach, the reverse has become the go-to move in small to medium waves. Read on...

Rip
An aquatic action of epic proportions.

seppo
Being called a seppo? Is it a compliment or a rude slight made at your expense? You wish you knew don't you? Well, read on my friends and learn about this Australian noun with an unlikely origin.

Session
You've got to make it last!

Set
We all wait for sets in some form. In this case, it's a set of waves.

Sketchy
"That last section was sketchy, but I pulled in, got a fat shack, and got spit out!" Wanna know what that was all about? Check the surfing.about.com glossary of surfing terms.

Slab
Slab- Definition of surfing terms

Stall
Stall? It's something that many folks use to avoid something, but in surfing we stall for different reasons. Why do surfers stall? Read on...

Stance
You have stood up to be counted, but what is your stance?

Step Deck
The step deck surfboard design made perfect sense in a time when boards were much heavier. Both Greg Noll (among many others) was one shaper who incorporated the innovative design (the step deck) in an effort to make surfboards more maneuverable.

Stick
Surf slang definition of the word "stick".

Surf Slang Dictionary: All-time, Epic, Classic
Surf Slang Dictionary: All-time, Epic, Classic

Surfed Out
For most surfers, to be surfed out seems like a dream, an unattainable but wonderful possiblility. To reach this level of exhaustion and satisfaction is attainable by only the most ambitious or those with the least endurance. But what does it mean to be surfed out?

Swell Window
The definition of swell window as pertaining to surfers.

Tail Waft
A tail waft as a surf trick sounds heavenly, and I'd have to say that for a surfer a tail waft is both ethereal and functional. What does all this mean? Read more...

Tombstone
How is a tombstone related to surfing? A tombstone is an ominous object in any situation, but in surfing it can be a sign of danger. Read on...

Tube
If you're looking for heaven, pull into a tube, and there you are.

Resin
Resin is the honey-like life blood of traditional surfboard construction. It stinks and is bad for the environment, but modern surfers love it and need it almost as much as they love the waves they ride. Why? Read on...

Tubular
Totally tubular? If something is tubular, is it good, bad, or ugly? Sounds geometric to say the least, but for a surfer, something tubular is very special. Read more....

Lay Back
The lay back has been around since the 70's, and while it isn't favored as a go-to move today, new schoolers and purists alike still fall back on this old favorite from time to time.

The Origin of the Shaka
The Shaka has been a fixture of the Hawaiian culture for decades. It's a symbol of Aloha and stoke for surfers as well. What connects the Shaka to surfers and how did this will of good will come to be? Read on...

Surfboard Question - What is Tracking?
A surfboard that tracks is not responsive and may be very difficult to turn. Learn more about surfboard tracking.

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