Category Archives: Surf

If the ASP world tour has inspired you to live in the land of surfing, you’ll need to learn the language! Surfers often speak their own, indigenous lingo, so if you’re learning to surf, you might as well immerse yourself in the verbiage, too. You don’t want to be baffled in the land of “dudes,” “brahs” or “bruddahs” and not understand what it means to be “in the soup.” “Drop into” some of the surf slang below:

Ace: To be alone or in a solitary state of mind; to go solo
Aggro: Aggravated and ticked off (often due to a breach in surfing etiquette)
Barney: A novice (less-skilled)
Brah: Derived from the Hawaiian ‘bruddah’ meaning a surf brother; a term of endearment used between surfing buddies, peers, or any friend in solidarity
Bitchin’: The surfing equivalent of ‘cool,’ ‘awesome,’ or ‘excellent’
Bogus: Describes something plain wrong, lame or disappointing
Brainfreeze: Describes the feeling in the cranium and sinus cavity immediately after submerging one’s head in very cold waters
Bruddah: Hawaiian word meaning ‘brother.’ Used interchangeably with “brah” between surfing buddies
Cut-back: Refers to a turn in which the surfer moves back towards the white water, increasing the amount of time a wave can be ridden before the surfer pulls out
Da Bomb: The best
Dropping in: Refers to ‘dropping in’ on a wave in front of someone who is already riding it, forcing them to abandon the wave. This is a serious breach of surfing etiquette – do NOT do this!
Dude: A cliché, but a word still used commonly amongst surfers; a person or fellow surfer
Gnarly: A word used to describe a particularly intense wave
Goofy Foot: Style of riding where the right foot is placed in front of the left foot on the board
Grommet: A young surfer
Hairy: Same as gnarly; a crazy wave
Howlee: A kook in and out of the water. Another derivation of the Hawaiian spelling, Haole
In the Soup: When a surfer is in the foam or whitewater after a wave has broken
Kick Out: To go over or through the back of wave in order to end a ride
Kook: Derogatory term for a novice
Melvin: Like a kook. An unskilled surfer who is a bit of a dweeb
Snaking: A term which refers to obstructing a surfer who has right of way on a wave (also a no-no)
Walking the nose: Walking forward on the board to the nose
Wipe-out: Word used to describe what happens when a surfer falls from his/her board whilst riding a wave Continue reading

We’ve passed the halfway point, and now the world’s best surfers are heading to Lower Trestles at San Onofre State Beach starting this Sunday, September 18th for the Hurley Pro competition, the 7th of the 11 ASP World Tour events.

It is a critical stop in the quest for the 2011 ASP World Championship title given where we are in the year. While Kelly Slater (USA) is sitting several thousand points ahead of Owen Wright (AUS) right now in the #1 ranked position, he still has to keep up his game in order to capture his 11th World Title. Wright, Joel Parkinson (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), and Adriano De Souza (BRA), ranked 2,3,4, and 5 respectively are competitors who lurk just below Slater.

It will be exciting to watch the ASP top 34 and the two event wildcards, which are yet to be decided. Machado, Coffin, Crews and Yeomans are currently vying for the last wildcard spot which will be announced right before the first heat of Round 1.The second Hurley Pro wildcard is still to be determined by Hurley.

Last year’s Hurley Pro set a record, offering the single largest first-place and overall prize purse in ASP World Tour history: a $105,000 first-place prize and $400,000 overall. The amount of this year’s first-place check has yet to be determined.

We’re looking forward to watching the best of the best fight for the world title from September 18-24 and prove that surfing is one of the most competitive world sports featuring some of the finest, most talented athletes on the planet. Continue reading

September is in full swing and students are back to school. So, if you’re college-bound looking to get a good education but can’t let go of the swell, which schools are the best for our surfers? Here’s a top 5 list of schools that are either geographically situated near great surf, have surf clubs or teams, and/or have a good surf scene. Continue reading

Ready to buy a surfboard? Purchasing a surfboard could be one of the most difficult pieces of sport equipment to buy. There are so many variables in surfboard design that influence the way the surfboard will ride! Just a few elementary questions include, “What kind of tail do you want?,” “What kind of rails do you want?” Plus, you have to think of the fin set-up, the rocker, the bottom, how thick, how wide… it can get downright overwhelming and confusing. Remember, no one surfboard design works in all waves, all of the time. This is why so many different surfboard designs exist and why some surfers have a collection of surfboards to cover a range of different waves and surf conditions. Continue reading

By now, we all know that Kelly Slater won this week’s competition in Tahiti against Aussie Owen Wright, the 5th stop of the 11 stop tour to crown the ASP World Champion of 2011. Teahupoo, which usually brings in giant waves and is notoriously treacherous, had such huge swells this year that the ASP World Tour declared a “code red” situation one day because the swells were too large and breaking too swiftly to be safely caught by paddle power.

It was during this off day, in the middle of the event, when more than a dozen surfers conquered the massive surf and participated in what some observers described as the most incredible and intense big-wave session ever recorded. Tow surfers thrive on these giant swells – skiing onto building waves behind personal watercraft, then letting go of the rope and surfing on customized boards

Among the men and women who conquered the thunderous breakers, including a handful of World Tour surfers and some who endured monumental wipeouts, were Dylan Longbottom, Dean Morrison, Julian Wilson, Bruce Irons, Nathan Fletcher, Maya Gabeira, Keala Kennelly and Danilo Costa.

Check out the video above! Crazy amazing and unreal, and oh so cool. Continue reading