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.

Grower

This one looks like it's gonna be a grower! Photo: James Tull / Surfingmagazine.com

This one looks like it’s gonna be a grower! Photo: James Tull/SURFING

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."

Runner

An epic little runner hits the beach at Karamas in Bali. Photo: Scotty Hammonds / Surfingmagazine.com

An epic little runner hits the beach at Keramas in Bali. Photo: Scotty Hammonds/SURFING

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."

Drainer

Little nighttime drainer at Keramas, Bali. Photo: Scotty Hammonds / Surfingmagazine.com

Little nighttime drainer at Keramas, Bali. Photo: Scotty Hammonds/SURFING

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."

Gurgler

Go to surfingmagazine.com to download this wallpaper of Dane Reynolds in a total gurgler. Photo: Liotta / surfingmagazine.com

Go to SURFING's website to download this wallpaper of Dane Reynolds in a total gurgler. Photo: Liotta/SURFING

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."

Grinding

Yet another Pipeline grinder peels across the reef. Photo: brent Bielmann / surfingmagazine.com

Yet another Pipeline grinder peels across the reef. Photo: Brent Bielmann/SURFING

Definition: A big, heavy tube that grinds along the beach or reef.

Example: "Pipeline was grinding today."

Pinching

A speeding surfer tries to escape a pinching section in Indo. Photo: Scotty Hammonds / Surfingmagazine.com

A speeding surfer tries to escape a pinching section in Indo. Photo: Scotty Hammonds/SURFING

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."

Square

Billy Kemper on a wave at Pipeline that's about to go square. Photo: Brent Bielmann / surfingmagazine.com

Billy Kemper on a wave at Pipeline that’s about to go square. Photo: Brent Bielmann/SURFING

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."

Pitching

Not many waves in the world are quite as pitching as Mavericks. Photo: Quirarte / surfingmagazine.com

Not many waves in the world are quite as pitching as Mavericks. Photo: Quirarte/SURFING

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."

Almondy

A big, but kinda almondy tube at Margaret River. Photo: Damea Dorsey / Surfingmagazine.com

A big but kinda almondy tube at Margaret River. Photo: Damea Dorsey/SURFING

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."

Barfing

In about two seconds this wave at Backdoor is going to be barfing Mason Ho out of its guts. Photo: Brent Bielmann / surfingmagazine.com

In about two seconds this wave at Backdoor is going to be barfing Mason Ho out of its guts. Photo: Brent Bielmann/SURFING

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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