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SURF SLANG



Published: Sun, August 18, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



SURF SLANG

Learn the lingo

In southern California, where surfing is as much a part of the lifestyle as driving cool cars, surf classes include lessons on lingo as well as on form and technique. That way, when someone & quot;snakes & quot; a wave on you, your board gets & quot;caddied & quot; by another surfer, or you find yourself getting & quot;tubed, & quot; you'll be able to talk the talk. This list of terms was provided by Surf Diva school for women in La Jolla, Calif.

Hanging 10: Placing all 10 toes over the nose (tip) of the board while balancing over the most critical part of the wave.

Tubed/barreled: Getting so deep inside a wave that the top portion tunnels over you as you shoot through the curl.

Pearling: Nosediving down the front of the wave, as if heading for the bottom of the ocean. Hence, "looking for pearls."

Riding the face: Gliding along parallel to the beach on the smooth, unbroken surface of the wave.

Caddy a board: To retrieve another surfer's wayward board.

Tailgating: Paddling out directly behind another surfer.

Snaking a wave: Cutting in front of another surfer who nabbed the wave you want.

Tea parties: When you are doing more talking than surfing.




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