The Northern California Surfing Culture

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The Northern California Surfing Culture

In today's society there are numerous different language environments that

we pass through everyday. For myself, the "different" language environment is in

the water. I am a surfer, a northern California surfer at that. In my second

language environment lots of different words and phrases are used to describe our

stokedness or enthusiasm, our past experiences, last session or just to convey our

feelings toward other fellow waveriders, the dudes. We speak the romantic

language of the sea.

A typical outing out in the water can turn any bad day into an unbelievable

confidence booster. Catching the King Cong set or pulling into a hollow barrell is

cause for hoots and hallers. Making the steepest, latest drop down the face of an

overhead roller is a feeling that no ordinary barney can describe. A barney being a

person who is learning to surf or does not surf all together. It gets me so stoked to

see my friends shredd the hell out of those waves,and when I'm down and out It

always turns my spirits high. There's Not a feeling like it in the world.

When speaking of our last session getting wet you might hear such phrases

as," it was barrelling",or " the winds were howling out there. When the waves get

windy we call it choppy and when the waves are really good we say its pumping or

going off. During the Spring through Fall seasons the late afternoon at the beach is

exceptionally beautiful and the winds are calm, we call this the afternoon glassoff.

Surfers gave this part of the day this name because the water has a clean and glassy


When speaking to fellow surfers I use various different words to conversate

with them. Hey dude, whats up buddy, and howdy barney are just a few that are

used everyday at your local wave distributors. When you use known surfer slang

surfers will tend to open up to you, maybe even tell you where there favorite surf

spot is too. Throughout society there is a stereotype that surfers smoke marijuana-

a.k.a. chronic, bomb, dank, greens, they pufferellie, toke, have bong sessions. This

is a folklore that is for the most part true, a lot of surfers smoke but not because

they're drug addicts. Most of them do it for wave inhancment. Making that steep
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