Sick mate? Today our lesson is to make you full bomb on Aussie Surf Slang. What is it that makes Surf Slang so distinctive? Well as a sport, it has many functions that needs words to describe what’s going on. Aussie surf slang, is the surf slang which is distinctive to the Australia surf scene. We’ve provided with a list to get you started.
- A tube as it was formerly known is when the wave encloses you and you are inside it with the opportunity to exit. This is the most prized manoeuvre in the sport. It’s sometimes called a pit, a barrel, a keg, or the green room. So therefore the action is pitted, barrelled, in the green room.
- a leg rope– the piece of cord that holds the board to your leg so it doesn’t get away, in America it is called a leash. So if you are in Australia, remember the word leg rope whenever you need the help of one.
- the impact zone– the exact place where the waves are breaking. It is a difficult place to get past, so a surfer might get caught for a long time in the impact zone and find it hard to get back out.
- go over the falls– a great manoeuvre where you lose control and go downwards with the wave
- drop-in– the person who is closest to the peak of the wave has priority. If you are further away than the person in front and you stand up and take the wave you are dropping in. He will probably then stick pins into your back on the voodoo doll he has of you.
- kook– someone who can’t surf and creates havoc in the surf. Don’t worry, you should know who you are (if you are realistic). Everyone was a kook at some stage.
- ripping– to surf the wave like a professional does. In good surfing form
- shark biscuit, esky lid or speed hump– in a dictionary they would be called bodyboarders, but it is every surfers nightmare, having to give up the wave of the day to a bodyboarder
- Grommet– a young surfer with abnormally high amounts of enthusiasm for going surfing.
- Spaghetti arms– some surfs are so good that you just don’t want to get out. So you keep paddling and paddling until the point till they feel like they are hanging
This list is just the tip of the iceberg of Surf Slang or even our Aussie Slang dictionaries. We might have started something here that we end up starting a surf slang page. Well the next thing to do now is to go out and get amongst it.