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sport of gliding on a breaking wave. Surfers originally used long, cumbersome wooden boards but now ride lightweight synthetic boards that allow a greater degree of maneuverability. Boards are typically from 4 to 12 ft (122 to 366 cm) long; the larger surfboards have a stabilizing fin in the rear. The surfer begins at the point where the waves begin to form, then, facing shore, paddles toward the beach with an oncoming wave. When the wave catches the board, the surfer stands up and glides along the wave's crest—or, in the case of a large wave, in the "tube" formed by its overhead curl. Standing waves in rivers and tidal bores can also be surfed.

Although the origins of surfing are obscure, it is clear that it developed in Hawaii, where it was popular during the 19th cent. It spread to the California coast during the 1920s and became very popular with youth in the United States, Australia, and other countries by the 1960s. Since the late 1990s aerial tricks similar to those done by skateboarders and snowboarders have become an accepted part of competitive surfing. With lifestyles and regimens freer than those of most athletes, surfers comprise a unique sporting subculture.


See B. Finney, Surfing (1996).



a water sport in which participants compete for speed, distance, and duration while riding large, breaking waves in a standing position (without fasteners) on special boards made of cork, plastic foam, or other material. Surfing is popular in Australia, New Zealand, the Hawaiian Islands, and coastal areas in the USA, Indonesia, China, and some other countries.


the sport of riding towards shore on the crest of a wave by standing or lying on a surfboard


("Internet surfing") Used by analogy to describe the ease with which an expert user can use the waves of information flowing around the Internet to get where he wants. The term became popular in the early 1990s as access to the Internet became more widespread and tools such as World-Wide Web browsers made its use simpler and more pleasant.


Examining online material, such as databases, news clips and forums to find some item of interest. It implies quickly moving from one item to another, like "TV channel surfing," the rapid changing of TV channels to find something of interest. See Web surfing.
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The local chapter of Surfrider Foundation in Ericeira was founded three months ago.
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The Victoria chapter of the SurfRider Foundation was on hand to highlight their environmental education and advocacy in coastal zones worldwide.
And that's the aim of the Surfrider Foundation, an organization founded in 1984 in California by four surfers determined to protect their favorite surfing area from a proposed seawall.
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He started at the Surfrider on Siesta Key, headed to Four Winds resort on Longboat Key, and for the last three years has been the chef/owner of Ivo's across from Southgate Plaza.
I was a charter member of the Surfrider Foundation, now a worldwide entity that supports the protection of fragile intertidal ecosystems as well as other beach and beach facility management strategies and techniques.
On the beach, the City of Asbury Park and the Surfrider Foundation hosted two clinics for local youth, featuring beach safety tips and surfing lessons.
At the time, he also had the Coral Reef, Kuhiolani, Diamond Beach, Waikiki Surfrider and Waikiki Gateway hotels in his portfolio.
Routinely the top picks for recreation and families, the 16 beaches throughout the Greater Miami Area have been ranked among the best by USA Today, the Travel, Channel, and the Surfrider Foundation.