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see wavewave,
in oceanography, an oscillating movement up and down, of a body of water caused by the frictional drag of the wind, or on a larger scale, by submarine earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides.
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, in oceanography; beachbeach,
a gently sloping zone where deposits of unconsolidated sediments are subject to wave action at the shore of an ocean or lake. Most of the sediment making up a beach is supplied by rivers or by the erosion of highlands adjacent to the coast.
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the breaking of a sea or lake wave directly on the shore. The oscillatory movements of the water cause the uprush and backwash. The surf plays the principal role in the destruction of retrograding shorelines and in the formation of beaches. It shifts the alluvium on beaches on accumulation shores.

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Wave activity in the area between the shoreline and the outermost limit of breakers, that is, in the surf zone.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. waves breaking on the shore or on a reef
2. foam caused by the breaking of waves
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

surf the Web

To look at Web pages by clicking on links from one page to another or by using search engines. Before the Web, the information on the Internet was "surfed" via Archie, Gopher, WAIS and other search facilities that are now long forgotten. See surfing and how to access the Internet.
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Steve Price, founder and chief executive of Emerge Surf, said: "It's an incredibly exciting time in the development of surfing.
Meanwhile, about 300 miles down the road in Dunbar, the Belhaven Surf Centre at the south end of Belhaven Bay is also well on the way to opening its doors.
'Siama Hotel guests can extend their vacation by staying at Siama Surf. They can choose to lounge by the beach, get their kids to learn to surf, fly a kite or take a tour of the nearby towns of Prieto Diaz, Barcelona and Bulusan,' Naval said.
Lakeside Surf's extended operational season will give owners and cousins Burke and Robert Bordner the opportunity to impact the surf community with more open surf sessions, lessons, training sessions and competitions.
Now a technical advisor to national body Surf South Africa, Smyth aims to increase the number of adaptive surfers -- not only showing people with disabilities that surfing is possible, but making it practically accessible to them.
Surf Air Express opens a semi-private travel experience to anyone who wants to purchase seats on a per-seat basis at prices similar to business class and last-minute economy.
Andy Ainscough, managing director of Surf Snowdonia, which opened in 2015, said: "We're proud to fly the flag for adventure in north Wales, it's a brilliant region and rightly regarded as the UK's capital of adventure.
But there is still great surf to be had in the summer months too.
Because of pending federal government investigations concerning Surf's possible illegal activities in 2016, Surf and its board decided that selling its airline assets to a U.S. is a locally based company that specialises in surf trips that are guided by experienced South African locals.
Surf Snowdonia opened to global media interest in August 2015 and is the first inland surf facility of its kind.