It has been said (and confirmed on a couple random Internet sites) that Eskimos have more than 50 words to describe snow, and the same can be said for surfers and how many different ways they can describe the tube or barrel of a wave. Here are 10 surf slang words.
Definition: A tube that starts small, but ends up bigger by the end of it.
Example: "I pulled into this little tube crouching down, and by the time I came to the end I was standing up. It was a full-on grower."
Definition: A fast tube that is trying to run away from you while you're in it.
Example: "I was pumping so hard just barely keeping up with that last runner."
Definition: A deep tube that is sucking off the bottom like a bathtub draining.
Example: "I didn't think I was gonna make it out of that drainer, it was sucking so hard."
Definition: A tube that makes a deep gurgling sound like someone gurgling mouthwash.
Example: "I got so worked on that last wave. The thing was a total gurgler."
Definition: A big, heavy tube that grinds along the beach or reef.
Example: "Pipeline was grinding today."
Definition: A tube that looks good and makeable but closes out at the end, not letting the surfer ride out of it.
Example: "I could have sworn I was gonna pull through that last section, but the waves are pinching out there."
Definition: When a wave tubes so hard it actually takes the shape of a square.
Example: "I dropped in and that wave just bottomed out and went square—heavy."
Definition: When the lip of the wave pitches out farther than it is tall.
Example: "Man, that last one was pitching so hard I nearly had my head chopped off."
Definition: When the tube is almond shaped and only breaking halfway up the face of the wave.
Example: "There were a few good tubes out there, but most of them went pretty almondy."
Definition: When a wave is tubing so hard that the spit (spray from inside the tube) actually comes out thick and looks like a person vomiting.
Example: "Dane just got so lucky making it out of that tube; the thing was barfing so hard."
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