Surfing Terms Glossary by The Yoga Surf School

If you are new to surfing, a lot of the words which surfers say may not make any sense. To help our new surfers out we have made a list of the most common surfing terms. So next time you are out the water and you hear someone yell, outside! you will know what that means!

A-frame- A wave that peels perfectly in both directions

Barrel- The tubular part of the wave. Also known as the tube.

Beachbreak- A wave that breaks over sand 

Choppy- When the wind is blowing hard onshore.

Closeout- When the whole wave breaks at once.

Cutback- A change in direction when surfing


Floater- Surfing manuever used to get across sections on a wave. It looks like they are floating on top of the wave

Glassy- Term used  to describe the surf. Typically when there is no or light winds

Inside- Where the waves are breaking closer in towards the beach. Sometimes referred to as the kiddie pool.

Offshore: When the wind is blowing away from shore 

Onshore: When  the wind is blowing towards the beach

Outside- Farther out towards the ocean. Typically yelled when a big wave thats going to break farther out is coming

Over the falls- When you get sucked up by the wave and thrown back down over the top. (don’t worry it doesn’t happen here often)

Peak- The steepest and tallest part of the wave

Pocket- The steep part of the wave closest to the peak 

Pointbreak- A wave that typically breaks off a rock or jetty and goes the same direction every time

Reefbreak- A  wave that breaks over reef

Snake: Someone who drops in on another surfer or steals other peoples waves

Shoulder- The softer, smaller part towards the end of the wave

Section: A part on the wave

Turtle Roll-

Surfing Ettiquette Top Ten Do’s and Don’ts written by The Yoga Surf School


For those just learning how to surf you may soon realize that while surf lessons are fun and easy, not everyone out there is as nice as your surf instructor! To help you get a head start we have added a list of the top ten rules of surfing and some words you may want to know.

Surfing Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts

1. Surfer closest to the peak has the right of way

2. Don’t drop in a wave if someone is already riding on it in your direction

3. When learning to surf don’t surf in crowded areas

4. Always hold on to your board and wear a leash

5. Watch out for other surfers

6. If you are paddling back out and a surfer is paddling for a wave always go behind the surfer, NOT in front, to get out of the way

7. Don’t snake or be a wave hog.

8. Respect the beach and respect the locals

9. If you mess up, just apologize and be polite. Remember we were all once beginners too.

10. Take turns and have fun!

Summer surf & yoga camps!

Below are a couple of pictures from our summer surf & yoga camps.

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Join us for a private lesson or group camp!

Our newest group of stoked surfers! We had a great group of people join us for our last summer’s surf & yoga camp. Watch this 7 year old girl catch her first wave! You can also see our surf & yoga camp photo albums on FB to see more pictures of all the action.