Learning surfer lingo from BYUH surfers

Written by: 
Tucker Grimshaw~Multimedia Journalist

Some students at BYU-Hawaii do not understand the language of surfing. Since we live in the mecca for surfers, it may be helpful to know some of the vocabulary used in the sport of surfing.

There is a website called "riptionary.com, Surfing lingo lexicon." The website offers a place where people can look up words they do not understand. The site says, "Today we're a top PageRank site at Google and garner a top-tier (if not the top) position in every leading domestic and international search engine for surf lingo and surf culture related searches. On average, we receive over 65,000 unique sessions per month and to date have served well over ten million lexicon page views to our patrons. Our site is regularly used as a reference source by everyone from students and journalists to marketing firms and anthropologists."

While students may understand the basics of surfing, here are a few of their definitions that could be added to the ones at riptionary.com:

Swell: "Creates waves from the deep," said Jesse Grimshaw, a junior studying business management from California.

Left: "A wave that breaks on the left," said Keaka Wallace, a senior majoring in Hawaiian studies from Maui.

Right: "A wave that breaks to the right," said Wallace.

Floater: "A floater is when you go up to the lip and it's breaking and you ride it like you are grinding the wave," said Grimshaw.

Lip: "The edge of where the wave is peeling," said Grimshaw.

Setup: "Where the wave sets up perfectly so you can ride it like a wall,” said Grimshaw.

Barreled: "When you get into the pocket of the wave," said Grimshaw.

Going over the falls: "Falling off and getting sucked back up into the wave and being crashed back down into the whitewash," said Tati Slagle, a senior majoring in biology from California.

Smack the lip: "Getting the whitewash just smacking you," said Slagle.

These are just a few of the words Surfers commonly use. For more information on surfing lingo, visit riptionary.com.