Bottom turn - turning on the bottom of the wave, up toward the murderous lip.
Bozos - surfers with clown-colored wetsuits who surf pretty well, but have stupid styles and show off too much.
Crank a figure-8 cutback- pull off a hard trick.
Tom Curren - three-time world champion from Santa Barbara, California. Considered by some to be the best surfer ever because he blends the radical, new power surfing with the old-school, finesse surfing of the '60s and '70s.
Cut - surfing along the green part of the wave by leaning on your toes or your heels.
The drink - the ocean.
Drop in late - when you take off on the steepest possible part of a wave.
Get spit - when you come out of the shutting tube with the spray.
Get worked - 1. When the ocean overpowers you and spins you like you're in a washing machine's spin cycle. 2. When you're at the top of the wave trying to stand, and the wave throws you to the bottom, and you fall into the trough of exploding water. 3. When you're paddling out, and an incoming wave clobbers you off of your board. 4. Anytime the ocean fucks you up.
Green face - the part of a wave that isn't whitewater.
Longboards - the old school of boards. The kind people rode in the '50s and '60s. Today a lot of people still use them because they're easier to paddle and are better for mellow, laid-back, non-aggressive surfing.
Paddle out - to put your board in the ocean pointing out to sea, lie on it, and stroke out toward the line up one arm, then the other arm.
Pull in to a deep grinding death barrel - turning the board into a particularly dangerous tubing wave with tons of murder power over a reef made up of beginners' skulls.
Rip a slash under the lip - a fast, radical turn up under the roof of the barrel.
Rip one off the lip - a fast, radical turn up on top of the wave.
Roll in - an old-fashioned skateboard maneuver, in which the skater skates along the flat section on top of a vertical ramp or pool, then turns off the edge, shoves the nose down, and lifts the back tail to not hang up the back wheel on the lip.
Shortboard - a board made for tight-arcing turns and tricks. Five- to seven-feet long.
Sick barrels - hollow, tubular waves that surfers ride inside of; considered the best waves you can get.
Sick tubes - same as sick barrels.
Single fins -surfboards that have one fin on the bottom instead of two, three, or four. They are the most stable boards.
Spazzes - dudes who think they're in the Bud pro tour who take a lot of waves and look like they're being attacked by a swarm of flies because they're flapping their arms so much.
Speed pumps - speed pumps.
Trim - to walk on your board to the spot at which you can feel it going the fastest.
Weekend warriors - yuppie surfers who take a lot of waves, have top-of-the-line equipment, and have crappy style and skills.