Surfing Metaphors

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overthefalls started the topic in Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 8:21am

It often strikes me how creative surfers can be in their use of language, especially when describing surfing. We use so much figurative language without even being aware of it. I thought it would be interesting to compile a list of surfing metaphors. Please feel free to add to the list.

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overthefalls commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 8:31am

A few that come to mind are:
- over the falls
- ragdoll
- tombstone
- pigdog

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stunet commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 9:11am

-Build a house.
-Top turn wrap.
-Hop on the sled and reset.

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 9:55am

-check turn
-doggy door
-shampoo
-worked

and so forth...

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Pops commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:16am

-snake
-drop wallet
-down-time (hate that one)
-

He who hesitates is lost

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Rabbits68 commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:22am

-Pit
-Rooster tail
-back door
-out the back

Pristine

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:27am

-flailing kick-out
-burnt
-off the top/bottom
-washing machined
-caught inside

(sounds like my last surf)

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:28am

-lago
-sheep stations
-victory at sea
-glassy/oily
-ruffled
-morning sickness

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:29am

-sick
-filth

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:37am

Dogshit on the carpet
Beer o’clock
It’s nice to just get wet

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lostdoggy commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:45am

So entrenched in the language that we forget - barrel and tube.

Tunnel
Funnel
A-frame
Log
Shoulder, shoulder hopper
Wall
Burger

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Pops commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:41am

Egg
Blowin
Rubberneck(er)
pump
pumping
going off
gone off
sick
bomb
bombie

He who hesitates is lost

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:45am

-shoulder hopper

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adam12 commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:47am

'quasimodo'
'pet the cat'
'coffin - cheater'

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:52am

Late drop
Pull in
Belt the fuck out of it
Go cunt
I didn’t see ya
Thought you were going left / right
I fucken LIVE here
Where are you from , mate ?
If you don’t go you’re walking home
Gronk
Hung up
Rinsed
Smoked
Smoker
Threaded
Freight train
Heaving
Greedy end section
Back him up

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tiger commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 11:12am

Description of surf from good to bad:

Epic
Mental
Off the Richter
Pumping
Going off
Sick
Good
Pretty good
OK
Couple
Alright
Worth a paddle
Nice in
Pretty av
Lame
Gutless
Shit
Flat

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Ray Shirlaw commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 12:18pm

Couple that have always annoyed the shit outa me; Fun,and Average. ..."Aw yeh...just surfed 8foot Ours,it was fun"......" and then the Cold front will move through,creating Average conditions" wtf? it won't be average it will be unsurfabe Shit

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Island Bay commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 2:42pm

Smoker
Chip-in
Teepee

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 3:44pm

-burger
-ankle snapper

edit- shoulda read back, Lostdoggy got in before me on a couple.

-twelve o'clock
-beyond vert

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simba commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 4:04pm

you missed it
where were an hour ago..it was pumping
you blew it
kooks
g banger
thought you were going straight
out the back
cowabunga dudes....no
yours

simba

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 4:15pm

Shit splitters
Men in grey suits
Poo stance

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Terminal commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 5:07pm

Sub optimal
Flogged
Sand gropers
Judo squat

There's probably some sort of regional dialect for surfers around Australia, would have been more distinct pre internet. Someone should map it in time and space, look at overlaps etc.

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ringmaster commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 5:07pm

Vision.........as in: 'I pulled into this loooong tube and got some serious vision before it closed out'

Travel time: see 'vision'

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Fleazool commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 5:29pm

Out the back tapping kegs for the dawny when a bomb came through. Swingin late I fell from the sky avoiding the guillotine by a bees dick. Moon tubed into the green room, and for a moment I was Ernie Shackleton, until I met Auntie Coral at chirnside park & got cheese grated on the dry dock.

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velocityjohnno commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 8:35pm

Goat Boat

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Snuffy Smith commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 9:08pm

Bushpig.
Spit the winkle.
Seppo.
Clubbie.
Clubbie wanker.
Clubbed.
Had to lung five to get out there.

Balls of fire

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Tukrz commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 9:59pm

Taking Gas
Down the mine
Almond eye
Shocker
Corduroy
Rubber necks
On the dome!

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69longboarder commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:07pm

Clean as
Shacked
Hang time
Wipe out
Section

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tubeshooter commented Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 10:41pm

"Spotted a lobster"

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GuySmiley commented Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 8:16am

dick dragger
sweeper
jelly legs or shoulders
sucking dry
cord to the horizon
lobster dive
section connector
suck rock
inside
bombie

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zenagain commented Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 8:32am

-gut rash
-nipple rash
-rashie
-fin gash
-hash cone

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garyg1412 commented Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 8:40am

Dick Cheese
A name given to a particularly aggro Brazilian at Pasta Point back in 2001 by the mostly Australian contingent staying on the island. Poor fucker didn't understand a word of English which made for some good laughs.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 8:50am

Surfer nicknames :

Sea Hag
Punching Bag
Hair Quake
Dugong
The surfer formerly known as Love Symbol
Mr Mingle
Criminal
Animal
Half Ball
Prince of the surf
Jelly Belly

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Johknee commented Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 9:12am

The topic is surfing metaphors, ya kooks!

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fitzroy-21 commented Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 9:14am

Surgeons table

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Blowin commented Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 9:17am

Are you the bloke who gets upset when everyone is having fun dancing a rumba whilst they’re meant to be doing a foxtrot ?

Loosen your collar , have a drink and just feel the beat, brother.