How do surfers describe waves?

What do surfers say when the waves are good?

When the waves are good, it’s said to be cranking. This is the art of walking up and down a longboard, foot over foot. When you see some guy / gal running up and down their board, you’ll now know what to call it. Making a cutback is reversing the direction that you are surfing in one smooth fluid move.

What do you call a surfer girl?

There is no specific term for a female surfer. You can call a girl who surfs just “surfer”, although, there are terms like gurfer, wahine that are used to refer to a female surfer.

Why do surfers say gnarly?

Gnarly means “treacherous.” An acceptable synonym is “hairy.” Surf punks use gnarly to refer to any wave over two feet or any woman of prodigious size.

How do surfers know when to surf?

The surf conditions are based on factors such as wave and swell height, wind strength and direction, and tidal movement, among many others discussed above. Analyzing all of these elements provides surfers with the ability to understand the surf conditions they can expect for that particular time.

How do you know which way a wave goes?

Compare the angle of the wave with the skyline. The side of the wave with the steepest angle is the direction in which the wave will break, and that’s the direction in which you will ride. If there is no distinct angle on either side of the peak, then the wave will most likely close out.

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How do surfers say cool?

Exclamatory slang

It’s an exclamation of zeal, also meaning cool or impressive (i.e. “that bottom turn was sick bro”). Stoked: Pronounced like “soaked” but with a “T.” It means pure excitement (i.e. Surfer 1: “how stoked are you to hit the waves today?” Surfer 2: “beyond stoked”).

What do surfers call their boards?

Oftentimes the monikers have nothing to do with the shape, but just sound cool, like Bunny Chow, Dumpster Diver, Pyzalien, Padillac, Steps Killer, Pig Dog, Neck Beard and Sub Scorcher, just to name a few. Surfers will always have a knack for making up words and phrases to describe their boards.