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

Amsterdam-born photographer and filmmaker, Ari Marcopoulos, is currently exhibiting his latest photographic collection, “Dark Sun” at Nike’s Bowery Stadium in NYC. “Dark Sun,” which opened this week, documents NYC’s incognito surfing community and examines and portrays the lesser seen community of surfers who live in America’s largest urban metropolis.

Marcopoulos, who got his start as an assistant to Andy Warhol when he moved to New York in the 80s, is well-known for his photographic depictions of the diverse and often gritty subcultures of American youth. Artists, snowboarders, musicians and skateboarders have been both muses and commercial subject-matter throughout his quarter century career as a photographer. “Dark Sun,” which was shot on 35mm over just two weeks, takes a raw look at a handful of New York’s surf breaks and the people who ride them.

Marcopoulos’ grainy black-and-white photography set against the sculptural wave installation of the Bowery Stadium, and thoroughly thrashed by members of the local skate and surf community, compliments and is the perfect venue for his latest solo exhibition. Marcopoulos beautifully portrays the calm sense of spirit in his portraiture, highlighting each subject’s strong sense of confidence and enigmatic style of East Coast surfing.

“Dark Sun” will be on display through September 26th. 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

Want to join more than 80,000 people to help protect our coast and shorelines? The 2011 California Coastal Cleanup Day is coming up this Saturday, and organizers are hoping to make this a record-breaking year by getting more than 100,000 people to come out and help the efforts.

Now in its 27th year, the California Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup effort and the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways.

Unfortunately, 80 percent of trash that gets into the ocean comes from inland areas through creeks and rivers. This trash, if not removed, can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife, can damage the state’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard. Coastal Cleanup Day encourages all citizens to join together to take care of the fragile marine environment, show community support for shared natural resources, and learn about the impacts of marine debris in a fun atmosphere.

The day also marks International Coastal Cleanup Day, an event that marks the largest effort around the world each year to keep our playgrounds clean. Organized by the Ocean Conservancy, this day helps to clean 145 million pounds of trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers, and the ocean on just one day each year.

Most clean ups start at about 9 a.m. and run until noon. Chances are clean ups are happening at your favorite major beach along the coast. There are about 800 cleanup sites in California, and worldwide there will be nearly nine million volunteers helping out in 152 countries and locations.

For more information, check it out here: http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html 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