Do you love Surfing or would you like to learn how to Surf? Get familiar with this terms and expressions to be considered a “Wahine” (Female Surfer) instead of a “Barney” (Inexperienced Surfer) the next time you are at the beach with your board.
The perfect barreling surf, a cross-section of an A-frame wave reveals an “A” shape where it is breaking so nicely.
Aggressive attitude in the water; having a bad attitude.
Air / Aerial
An advanced surfing manoeuver where the surfer and board leave the surface of the wave.
Something surfers shout when they spot a huge perfect wave, or when they are shocked or surprised.
Getting excited while surfing or really looking forward to a surf.
Entering a barrel from behind the peak of the breaking wave.
To bail is to jump of the board to avoid an imminent wipeout.
An inexperienced surfer, or someone who’s no good at surfing.
A barrel is where the wave is hollow when it is breaking. For some surfers it’s the be all and end all of surfing. Is sometimes called a “tube.”
This is a wave that breaks over a sandy sea bed.
A non local.
What Australians call a watering hole, but to everyone else it is one of the largest surfing equipment and clothing manufacturers out there.
Where the onshore wind turns the surf in to unrideable mush.
Slang for body boarders.
The classic surfing manoeuver, carving is basically what turning on a wave is called.
Where the surface of the ocean is rough.
Waves that break from a single peak along it’s length, providing an open face for a surfer to ride on.
The process where a surfer turns up and down the face of the wave while surfing down the line.
Being scared of afraid of waves.
Slang from 1960’s surf culture, cried out enthusiastically when surfing.
When the waves are good, it’s said to be cranking.
Going surfing first thing in the morning.
The drop is where a surfer first gets up on the waves and drops down the face of the wave. It’s also referred to as “taking the drop.”
Dropping in is a crime in the surf world. A drop-in is where a surfer catches a wave without having priority, i.e. there is already a surfer on the wave.
Dude can mean anything depending on the tone and inflection.
Wiping out on a wave.
Top class surf or extremely good waves; description of an awesome wave or surf session.
Firing is the same as “going off”, where the surf is really good and the waves are breaking nicely.
The foam left after a wave has broken.
A surfer who does not catch a wave for the whole time they are in the water.
Particularly dangerous surf conditions.
Surfing with your right foot forward.
Derogatory term for kayakers and wave skiers.
Gremmie / Grommet / Grom
Any of the above can be used to describe a young or inexperienced surfer.
Falling off your board while surfing.
This is when a male surfer rides his board in the nude.
Anyone who annoys board riders while they surf.
The spot where the waves are breaking.
In the Soup
A term used when a surfer is in the white foam of the wave after the wave has broken.
A surfer with poor style or a surfer who only surfs crappy waves.
Finishing a ride by turning back out over the top of the wave.
A beginner or someone who is not very good at surfing.
The tip of the breaking part of the wave.
This is when the ocean goes flat between sets and everyone sits around waiting for the waves to arrive.
Men In Grey Suits
Mush / Mushburger
Poor quality, slow, or non-powerful waves, often onshore.
Waves that are bigger that a surfer when standing up.
A wave surfed by several people at once.
The pocket is the most powerful part of the wave, just ahead of where the wave is breaking.
A surfer’s collection of different surfboards.
A common hand signal used by surfers, with an extended thumb and little finger.
Someone who buys surf gear and clothing but does not surf.
Surfer slang for a surfboard.
A female surfer.
Getting spun around and around underwater by a wave.
Falling off your board.