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