Surfer Slang & Terms Now Used by Many that Don’t Even Surf

Hancock International College resides in beautiful Southern California—one of the best surfing destinations in the world. In fact, a neighboring city, Huntington Beach, is called “Surf City USA”. Surfers are known for their slang. Many of these slang terms have come into mainstream English that everyday people say. Christina with Wave Tribe posted an article called “Glossary of Surfing Terms and Surf Slang”. Let’s look over a few that are used in everyday life that our ESL students might benefit from learning. These terms will typically be used in a casual setting with friends.  Of course if you are an international student and find yourself in Southern California maybe give surfing a try!

Christina defines the following terms in her article:

Amped – feeling excited, pumped up

Bro – dude, brother, surfer

Dude – a surfer, a friend

Epic – great surf session, awesome wave, top surf

Gnarly – nasty, unpleasant

Rad/radical – awesome and impressive surfing

Sick – astounding, impressive, amazing

Stoked – pumped, extremely happy, excited

Tube – barrel, the hollow of the wave

Tubular – awesome, great, rad

Wipe out – falling off a wave while surfing

Check out the below URL for the full list especially if you are interested in surfing!

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Idiom of the Day

surf and turf

Meaning: a term used when eating both seafood (like fish, shrimp, lobster, etc) as well as a red meet especially beef.

Example: If you can’t decide what to eat how about some surf ‘n’ turf? That way you get a bit of both.