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Have a gander at the dictionary we compiled
for The Raw Pineapple Trilogy -

Hawaiian slang and surfer slang

face - the unbroken wall, surface, or nearly vertical front of a wave

face height - the distance between the top of the crest to the bottom of the trough

face-of-the-wave - front part of the wave; surfers like to ride on the 'face-of-the-wave'

FADDA (FAH-dah) - slang for: father

fade -
1) to make a radical turn in the opposite direction of a take-off point regardless of the shape of the wave
2) to drop in towards the wave's curl rather than with or away from the curl
3) to lose interest
4) to weaken and lose strength

fakey (also fakie) -
1) to slide backwards briefly into the whitewater or curl while going down the face of a wave
2) to deliberately carve or make a bottom turn backwards toward the whitewater or curl

falls - the pitching lip of a wave that resembles a waterfall being thrown towards shore – you don't want to get sucked into this (see also over the falls)

fan - a trail of water such as a water skier throws as the result of a high-powered or quick turn

fang - to traverse a wave with great speed

far out - awesome, amazing, beyond comprehension

fast - a surf forecasting term in regards to wave intensity; 'fast' indicates a tube speed defined by a 30° angle of peel line; a 'fast' wave breaks very quickly (see also medium, slow)

feathering -
1) when waves are about to cap or break
2) the very first sight of whitewater at the top of a wave, just before it breaks or spills

feets overhead -
1) when waves exceed the height of the surfers riding them, the top portion of the wave height is loosely measured in feet based on the distance between the top of the average surfer's head and the lip of the average wave : We've got ourselves a two foot overhead today.
2) when the waves exceed how high your head is
(see also overhead, double overhead, triple overhead)

fer sure (surfer pronunciation of ‘for sure’) - absolutely, correct, definitely

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festy - festering, septic

fetch (also fetch length) - the distance traveled by waves (or wind) over open water; wind speed, time and fetch all help in determining the size of a wave

fiberglass (also glass) - a textile fabric that is made from woven glass filaments; as part of the construction process, foam core surfboards, after being shaped, are covered with sheets of fiberglass which is then hardened with resin

filth (also filthy) - cool, righteous, out-of-sight, happening, hot, bitchin : The surf out there is filth. – or – That chick looks filthy.

fin -
1) a rudder (i.e. a small, flattened projecting surface) that is attached to the bottom of surfboards and used for propelling, steering and balancing (also skeg)
2) fan-shaped rubber footgear (flippers) worn to give more power when swimming or bodyboarding

fin box (also box) - a slot for a removable fin on the bottom of surfboards

fin system - a system for arranging removable fins on a surfboard

firing - good-sized, really fun surf : We had a blast! It's really firing today.

fish (also fish surfboard) - a thicker, wider shortboard with a swallowtail and rounded nose; looks like a fish; generally between 5'2" and 6'4" long and between 18" and 22" wide

fish surfboard (also fish) - a thicker, wider shortboard with a swallowtail and rounded nose; looks like a fish; generally between 5'2" and 6'4" long and between 18" and 22" wide

flat - no surf, flat water : No fun today, it's flat.

flatlock stitch - a stitch that in wetsuit construction consists of a band of interlocked threads that hold together a seam which is formed by matching complimentary angle-cut edges neoprene; shows on both the inside and outside of the wetsuit; the flatness of the seam is helpful in preventing rashes; the neoprene is penetrated several times with each stitch so flatlock stitching does not create watertight seams; good for warm water temperatures (see also blind stitch, overlock stitch)

flipper (also swim fin, swimfin, fin) - fan-shaped rubber footgear worn to give more power when swimming or bodyboarding

floater - a surf maneuver where the surfer goes up the face of the wave and and then surfs right along the top of the curling edge of the lip, seeming to float above the whitewater of the breaking wave

floating roundhouse cutback - after an extended, speed-gathering cutback, beginning a sharp 180° turn on the pitching lip and completing this turn while 'floating' down the tumbling wave (see also cutback, roundhouse cutback)

flounder - a surfer who is doing a lot of splashing around but hardly catching any waves

fluff - the spray off the lip of the wave

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fluid seam (also liquid seam, liquid tape) - a fluid rubber used on seams to create a durable, waterproof barrier; can be applied outside, inside, or on both sides of the wetsuit; can be stitched over or not, can be taped over or not; known to decrease flexibility; good for cold water

flushopolis - when the waves are all close outs and will do nothing but flush you off your board

FO' REAL? (foh REE-ahl) - slang for:
“Are you serious?”

FO' SHUA (foh SHOO-ah) - slang for:
“For sure.”
– or –
“For certain.”

FOA (FOH-ah) - slang for:
1) for
2) used instead of 'to' in a phrase : I had foa do dat ting.

foam -
1) the core material used in the making of blanks for surfboards, usually polyurethane or expanded polystyrene
2) the whitewater of a breaking wave
3) the spray off the lip of the wave
4) bubbles left over from a breaking wave

foam bounce - to bounce the surfboard off whitewater

foam core (also blank) - the unshaped foam piece used to make a surfboard, usually made from polyurethane or expanded polystyrene

foamboard (also softboard) - a foam surfboard designed for beginners; easier to use and less likely to hurt a beginner

foamer -
1) a person who rides the foaming whitewater of a low breaking wave
2) a person who rides in the foamy water left behind by a low breaking wave

foamies -
1) foamy white water at shore break
2) a foamboard
2) people who ride foamboards

foil -
1) the change in gradation relating to the thickness of the surfboard when viewed in cross-section; the smoothness with which each surfboard section (i.e. nose, middle, tail) blends into the next section's thickness is the foil
2) an object that creates substantial lift when attached to another object; if the object is used in a gas environment, the 'foil' is called an airfoil (or aerofoil), and if used in water the 'foil' is called a hydrofoil

foilboard - a surfboard with a hydrofoil extension attached to the board where the fins are normally located; when on the water, the foil board lifts above the surface of the water in the same manner as a boat fitted with hydrofoils; used while wearing special boots which are hooked onto the foilboard; originally created and used for waterskiing by Mike Mack in 1993

forehand (also frontside) -
1) surfing with your back, butt and heels angled away from the wave and your toes are pointing towards the wave as you travel down the line; surfing in this position allows you to easily dive straight through the face of the wave as it breaks over you (see backhand)
2) when you are working (i.e. surfing on) the shoulder of a wave and your back and butt are angled away from the wave and towards the shoreline
3) a goofy foot will be traveling to his/her left on the wave if surfing "forehand"; a regular foot will be traveling to his/her right

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four fin - four-finned surfboard (see fin)

Franklins - $100 bills in USA currency (see dead presidents)

frequency downshifting - the increase of wave period within a fetch; a decrease in frequency is an increase in period (You can look it up in your spare time.)

frigged - to be snaked

frontside (also forehand) -
1) surfing with your back, butt and heels angled away from the wave and your toes are pointing towards the wave as you travel down the line; surfing in this position allows you to easily dive straight through the face of the wave as it breaks over you (see backside)
2) when you are working (i.e. surfing on) the shoulder of a wave and your back and butt are angled away from the wave and towards the shoreline
3) a goofy foot will be traveling to his/her left on the wave if surfing "frontside"; a regular foot will be traveling to his/her right

full on - to be really into something : I am full on surfing.

funboard - a surfboard ranging from 6'- 8' long, and 20"- 22" wide; usually with rounder, slightly wider body; shaped like an egg, a pickle, or a spoon nose longboard; designed for riding small waves

FUT (fuht) - slang for: to fart, break wind, pass gas, contribute to global warming

FUTSETTA (fuht-SEH-tah) - slang for: a female under-the-bed monster, a witch (used to threaten children with when they are misbehaving) : Be good or futsetta's gonna get you!

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