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Surfer Slang To Learn So You Won't Sound Like A Barney

List RulesSurfers only: vote up the terms and phrases you and your fellow riders actually use and love.

Have you ever found yourself scratching your head when listening to the things surfers say? Surfers are a tight-knit group who use their surfer slang to weed out interlopers in their midst. Not unlike the slang bikers use, surfers have their own language and lingo. And while many of these idioms have made their way into mainstream culture thanks to movies and surfer-oriented clothing companies - looking at you Billabong and Quicksilver - there's still a lot of surfing vocabulary that can sound like gibberish to a landlubber. 

Learn these terms so you can speak like a surfer; even if you're just a kook when you hit the beach, at least you won't sound like one!

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    Meaning: Refers to chickening out at the sight of a big wave.

    Use It In A Sentence: That wave was so big I clucked out.

    Is this real surfer slang?
  • 2

    Rail Bang

    Meaning: When a surfer loses control of their board and it hits them in the family jewels.

    Use It In A Sentence: Brah took a rail bang after that wave. Ouch!

    Is this real surfer slang?
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    Meaning: An exclamation of surprise, especially when a good wave or anything cool comes along.

    Use It In A Sentence: Akaw! Check that backwash!

    Is this real surfer slang?
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    Hang Ten

    Meaning: The act of surfing with both feet at the very tip of a longboard to the point where all ten toes are hanging over.

    Use It In A Sentence: The hang ten may be an old-school move, but it never goes out of style.

    Is this real surfer slang?