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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.


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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In the chapter on female surf vacations in Mexico, a historian would have been hard pressed to find immediate meaning in the social theater exhibited in the faux lesbian wedding held in a small local village restaurant and the ensuing "dance battle" between hip-grinding young male surfers and a group of extroverted--and equally raunchy--middle-aged Bay Area women dubbed the Hot Flashes.
"We have surfers from Cornwall to Scotland, of all different ages united in one competition - something only Red Bull does best."
The "surfer guys" in question do nothing besides smoke marijuana a and eventually include the youngster in a "business master plan" that involves selling big amounts of dope (as it turns out, the surfers are also large-scale marijuana producers).
* Northern Ireland's big wave surfer Al Mennie in action
The hotel general manager, David Kelly, said, 'Both Zane and Natalie are well respected local athletes who are at the top of their game - so it makes sense that they team up with Hilton Surfers Paradise as the newest top holiday destination on the Gold Coast.
It had also fined some of the frequent surfers for surfing in the areas prohibited for them.
The Newport helicopter crew arrived to the scene at about 3 p.m., and located the surfers between two rock outcroppings.
The contest is held in honour of Eddie Aikau, a legendary Hawaiian surfer, Waimea Bay lifeguard and waterman.
Jack Nordgren tells his story in "A Lake Surfer's Journey." The journey takes Jack from Chicago and the beaches of Southwest Michigan to an assignment with the U.
The Silver Surfers project has been helping older people get online for the past seven years at weekly drop-in sessions at libraries and community venues in Warwickshire.
"It simply has a mystical quality about it which surfers really love and in terms of competition, they love it because it is such a challenge.
Bethany boldly continued to pursue her dream as a professional surfer, taking fifth place in the Open Women's Division of the Hawaii NSSA circuit in August 2004.