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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.


Wave activity in the area between the shoreline and the outermost limit of breakers, that is, in the surf zone.


1. waves breaking on the shore or on a reef
2. foam caused by the breaking of waves
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resources, because without surfable waves, surfers could not surf.
The world's first inland surfing lagoon, boasting the longest manmade surfable waves and based in Dolgarrog in Conwy, has closed and will not re-open until 2016.
Surf Snowdonia is the world's first public artificial surfing lagoon - a 300m 'Wavegarden', they call it, which boasts surfable 2m waves on demand.
Among them are Dawwama, (the first and longest hydromagnetic powered tornado in the world that will have you experience high altitude when riding the walls inside a 20 meters high funnel); Bubbles' Barrel, (the world's largest surfable three-metre high sheet wave); Falcon's Falaj, (the Middle East's longest water slide at 300 metres) Liwa Loop, (the region's first and only high-intensity looping waterslide that will have you stand on a platform, which retracts under your feet to release you onto a high-intensity looping waterslide); and Bandit Bomber (the world's first roller coaster to incorporate on-board water and laser special effects and also the longest suspended roller coaster in the Middle East with a length of 550 metres).
The West Coast, though, is swimming in big, horsepower-heavy swells kicked up far out in the Pacific Ocean that eventually come crashing ashore in foaming, surfable and soon, perhaps, electricity-generating waves.
The world's first inland surfing lagoon and longest man-made surfable waves, in Dolgarrog, in Conwy, was forced to close temporarily due to a fault with the wave-generating mechanism.
Lonely Planet said: "Once upon a time the mountains and valleys of North Wales gave up a bounty of slate, copper and even gold; now this landscape, ringed with hills and rich with mythology, is a playground for hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers." It highlights the world's longest surfable human-made waves at Surf Snowdonia, the world's fastest zip line at Zip World Zelocity, Bethesda, and the more sedate fact that Snowdonia National Park has been designated a dark-sky reserve, thanks to its lack of light pollution.
The lagoon's motors, which generate the longest man-made surfable waves on the planet, were beset by intermittent teething issues last season.
Surf Snowdonia's inland surf lagoon generates the longest man-made surfable waves in the world.