SurfSpeak - B
back n. The backside of a wave.
backdoor n. 1) A surfing move when the surfer takes off to one side, or behind
the peak in order to surf through the section of the wave where the lip
will throw first.
2) to go backdoor v. an expression describing when a surfer is forced
to pull into an already pitching barrel from behind the peak.
3) Backdoor n. A Hawaii North Shore surf spot.
back hand turn n. A turn made the surfer's back to the wave.
back out v. To sit back on your board and pull out rather than to continue a take
off on a wave that could have been caught.
backpaddle v. To backpaddle or backstroke with the arms, often to keep from
being sucked over the falls.
backside adv. Surfing with your back to the wave
backwash n. 1) On a steep beach, water from a broken wave that runs rapidly off
the beach often colliding with incoming water in the shallows.
2) A wave that is bounced back to the ocean by a steep shoreline.
3) A wave that is returning to the ocean after crashing on the beach.
baggies n. Loose-fitting, often oversized, long, surf shorts. Originally made of
bail v. 1) To abandon a ride. To "bail out".
2) To leave a place. "Lets bail."
bare back adv. Surfing without a wetsuit. to "go bareback"
barney n. 1) A poorly skilled surfer. Derived from "The Flintstones" cartoon
character, Barney Rubble. syn. - geek, kook
2) v. To act like a barney. "That kook was barneying all over the place."
barrel n. The hollow part of a wave formed when a wave breaks and curls over.
syn. - tube, pipe
bash v. to slam into a wave.
beach break n Waves that break on a sand bottom, due to sandbars in close to
the beach. Costa Rica's Dominical is a powerful beachbreak.
biff v. To fall and hit the water. To "get biffed".
big open face n. A large wall of a wave to surf across.
big wave n. As the term implies, a large wave. "That was a big wave."
blown out adj. Describes when high onshore winds ruin the surf, causing the
shape of waves to be unridable. "The surf is blown out."
board bag n. A padded carrying case used to protect a board when traveling.
board room n. A room in a house especially used to store surfboards, often with
wall and/or floor racks.
bogus 1) adj. Describes a lame action, false concept or idea.
2) Ridiculous, unbelievable, unfair. Something is "completely bogus."
boogie board n. A soft, somewhat flexible foam body board. Tom Morey invented
the original Boogie Board in 1970. Ridden with or without swim
boomer n. A large, heavy breaking wave, often unridable.
booties n. Neoprene rubber surf worn for warmth in cold water and for grip.
bottom turn n. A turn made when the surfer takes off down to the bottom of
the wave and turns back up into the face of the wave.
bounce v. When a surfer shifts weight up and down on the front of the board in
order keep forward momentum.
bowl n. A bowl-like area on the face of a wave that bend or wrap as they move
toward shore often caused by shallow bottom conditions.
break n. 1) The place where waves move from deeper to shallower water, such as
over a reef, or a sandbar and "breaks". Waves break when the water depth
becomes less than one-seventh of the distance between wave crests.
2) The area in the surf where the waves are breaking.
3) When the top of the wave spill forward and down it's face.
bro n. Short for brother. syn. - dude, brah, friend, bud
bummer n. A bad thing, to be let down. "That was a bummer."
bump, bump on the water n. A swell or set of waves approaching. "I see some
bumps coming our way."
bumpy adj. 1) Choppy water/waves "bumpy waves"
2) Ocean conditions between glassy and blown out
bust a few v. to go surfing. "Lets go bust a few".
bumpy adj. 1) Very choppy water, as in "bumpy waves". Riding a wave over choppy
water would be described as a "bumpy ride".
2) Water conditions between glassy and blown out.
buoy n. 1) A person who just floats around on his board , never catches a wave, and
gets in the way of other surfers.
2) A floating weather
3. A float that is anchored in the water to warn of danger or as channel
burger n. 1) a shapless, mushy, bumpy wave
burly adj. Describes extremely cold water. ie: "It's burly out there today".
It is sometimes used as a synonym for gnarly.
bust a few v. To go surfing