This page is here to help you out with most of the slang and terms involved
with surfing, that you will encounter. If you take up surfing, you might to
notice that you automatically start talking like this (yeah, scary...).
Learn The Talk
Backwash Water returning to the ocean from the shore, against the
Rip current A small channel (usually formed by two sandbanks next
to each other) that allows water to pass out to sea a little faster than
normal. Waves fade into them and can't break in them.
Ripping Ripping the wave to shreds, to surf very well.
Impact zone Where the waves start breaking for the first time
(where you have to sit and wait for them).
Gulley The opposite of the impact zone, in other words, where the
waves start fading out.
Line-up A "line" where all the surfers sit on their boards,
waiting to catch a wave, usually just beyond the impact zone (on the
Face The wall of water beneath the lip of the wave, the part of
the wave you should be surfing.
Lip The curling lip at the top of the wave.
Leash The line that attaches your leg to your surfboard, so that
your board does not wash away when you do.
Break A location on the shore that waves tend to break.
Beach break A break where the waves break over sandbanks.
Reef break A break where the waves break over a reef (made up
out of rocks and/or corral).
Point break A point break is where waves are bent according to the
Gun A board used to surf really big waves.
Pearling This happens if the nose of the board goes under the
Going over the falls This means getting sucked over the lip of the
wave. It usually ends in pain.
Howzit? A kind of standard greeting that surfers greet each other
Bru / Brah Brah is from "Braddah," the Hawaiian word for brother.
Bru is just a variation of that.
Wipe-out Leaving the board, either by falling off or by getting