Face — The unbroken wall, surface, or nearly vertical front of a wave.
FerSure — The surfer pronunciation of "for sure," meaning absolutely, correct, or definitely.
Geek — Someone behaving inappropriately (also see "Kook," "Dork").
Glasshouse — (see "Green Room")
Glassy — A smooth water surface condition caused by absence of local winds.
Gnarlatious — Anything that's really great or awesome.
Gnarly — Treacherous; large and dangerous. Also bitchin
Goofy-Foot — Riding a surfboard with the right foot forward (left foot forward is the more common stance).
GreenRoom — The space inside of a tube.
Gremlin — A young hodad; a beginning surfer (also see "Grommet").
Gremmy/Gremmie — (See "Hodad")
Grommet — A young hodad; a beginning surfer (also see "Gremlin").
GroundSwell — Large waves generated by distant storms.
Gun — A large surfboard designed for very big waves (see "Big Gun").
Hairy — (see "Gnarly")
HangFive/Ten — To place five (or ten) toes over the nose of the surfboard (also see "Toes on the Nose").
HeadDip — Touching the water with your head while surfing.
Headstand — Standing on one's head while riding a wave.
Heavies — Very big waves usually higher than 12 feet.
HittheSurf — To go surfing.
Honker — A really big wave (also see "Heavies," "Bombora").
Hot-Dogging — Fancy surfing done by a skilled surfer.
Hodad — A non-surfer, usually someone who just hangs around the beach.
Honeys — Female surfers or girlfriends of surfers.
HuaracheSandals — Leather sandals worn by surfers with a sole made from tire treads.
Jetty — (see "Breakwater")
Kahuna — The Hawaiian god of sun, sand, and surf.
Kamikaze — Riding the board at the nose with arms held straight out to each side.
KickOut — To push down on the tail of a surfboard to lift and turn the nose over the top of the wave.
Knots — Callouses, or calcium deposits, just below the knee and on the tops of the foot caused by kneeling on the surfboard.
Kook — (also "Kuk") A surfing beginner; someone who gets in the way or into trouble because of ignorance or inexperience (also see "Dork," "Geek").
Kowabunga — (see "Cowabunga")
Kuk — (see "Kook")
Leash — A cord attaching the surfer's ankle to the surfboard.
LockedIn — Firmly set in the curling portion of the wave with water holding down the tail of the board.
Log — Slang for pre-foam board made of wood.
Longboard — A surfboard eight to ten feet long.
MaxOut — To be over the limit.
Meatball — The yellow flag with the black circle indicating "No Surfing".
Mondo — Something huge; of epic proportions.
Nailed — To get badly wiped out.
NeptuneCocktail — The large bellyful of seawater that one ingested during a particularly gnarly wipeout. Usually happened concurrently with the Sand Facial.
Nose — The bow or front end of a surfboard.
OfftheRichter — Used to describe something that's very good, excellent, or "off the scale" (also see "Awesome," "Off the Wall," "Outrageous").
OfftheWall — Incredible, excellent (also see "Awesome," "Off the Richter," "Outrageous").
Outrageous — Incredible, excellent (also see "Awesome," "Off the Richter," "Off the Wall").
OutsideBreak — The area farthest from shore where the waves are breaking.
OvertheFalls — To wipe out, or to get dragged over as the wave breaks.
Pearl — Driving the nose of a surfboard under water to stop or slow down the ride. The term is borrowed from "pearl diving."
Pendleton — A brightly colored plaid wool or flannel shirt worn by some surfers.
Pipeline — A surf spot on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, between Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach; also called Banzai Pipeline. Originally named by surfing filmmaker Bruce Brown (also see "Banzai Pipeline").
PointBreak — A type of surf break where waves wrap around a promontory of land and curl as they break. A classic example of a point break is located at Rincon, California, just south of the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line.
Poser — A surfer "wanna-be"; someone who only dresses the part.
Pounder — A hard-breaking wave.
Prone — Ride with your belly on the board. The most common and easiest way to ride a bodyboard.
ProneOut — Pulling out of a wave by dropping to your belly causing the nose to go under water and the tail to turn around.
Primo — The best (also see "Bitchin," "Boss," "Excellent," "Rad").
PullOut — To steer a surfboard over or through the back of a wave to end a ride.
Quasimoto — Riding forward in a hunched-over position; riding a wave on the nose of a surfboard in a crouched position with one arm forward and one arm back, named by surfer Mickey Muöoz.
Rad/Radical — Very good; tops; excellent (also see "Bitchin," "Boss," "Primo," "Excellent").
Rails — The rounded edges of the surfboard.
Re-Entry — Attacking the lip, usually going vertically and then turning nose down and re-entering the wave.
Ripping — Executing drastic and radical moves on the wave. Having it your way with a wave.
SandFacial — The result of wiping out and being dragged along the bottom, face first.
Sano — Abbreviated form of San Onofre; also means a very clean, nicely contoured wave condition.
SellingBuicks — The process of reversing the ingestion of the dreaded Neptune Cocktail. After selling Buicks, it was generally assumed that ones day at the beach was pretty much over.
Set — A group of waves.
Shape — The configuration, or form, of a wave.
ShoottheCurl — Riding a surfboard through, or in and out of, the hollow part of the wave formed as it crests over.
ShootthePier — Riding a surfboard in between the pilings of a beachside pier.
ShoottheTube — (see "Shoot the curl")
ShoreBreak — Waves break very close to the beach.
Shred — To surf aggressively (also see "Hot-Dogging).
SidewalkSurfing — Skateboarding.
Skeg — The fin at the tail end of a surfboard.
Soup — The foamy part of the broken wave; the white water.
SpinOut — The result of a surfboard's skeg and tail end losing contact with the wave face and the surfer wipes out.
Spinner — A surfer making a complete 360-degree turn in an upright position while the surfboard keeps going straight (also called a "360").
Sponger — Somebody that bodyboards.
Stick — Surfboard.
SurfsUp — Waves are breaking and surfable.
Stoked — Happy; excited; contented.
Stringer — The wood strip running down the center of the board; sometimes used for design.
SurfBunny — A surfer's girlfriend; a female surfer (also see "Beach Bunny").
Surfari — A surfing trip; a hunt for good surf.
Swells — Unbroken waves moving in groups of similar height and frequency.
Tail — The stern or rear end of a surfboard.
TailSlide — Part of a larger maneuver in which the surfer purposely makes his/her fins lose their grip and the board slides.
Takeoff — The start of a ride.
TakingGas — To wipe out.
Tandem — Two people riding on a surfboard at the same time, usually a man and woman.
360 — (See "Spinner")
ToesontheNose — Riding a surfboard with the toes hanging over the front end (also see "Hang Five/Ten")
Tube — The hollow portion of a wave formed when the crest spills over and makes a tunnel or hollow space in front of the face of the wave. (The Green Room)
Tubed — Riding inside the "tube".
Val — Person from the San Fernando Valley, as referred to by persons living in the L.A.-area beach cities.
WalkingtheBoard — Walking back and forth on the surfboard to maintain control.
WalkingtheNose — Moving forward on the board toward the front or nose.
Wax — Substance applied to the top, or deck, of surfboards for traction.
Wedge, The — A famous, but dangerous, body surfing spot located at the tip of the Balboa peninsula in Newport Beach, California.
WetSuit — A neoprene rubber suit used by surfers to keep warm.
WipeOut — To fall off or be knocked off your board (also see "Eat It").
Woodie — A station wagon, made in the '40s and '50s, with wood paneling on the sides.