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

Hawaiian slang and surfer slang

S-turn - in surfing, S-turns look like you are making enlarged squiggles on the wave as you rock from one rail to the other to generate and control speed

sand facial - the result of wiping out and being dragged along the bottom of the ocean, face first

sandboarding (also dune boarding) - to ride down steep sand dunes the way snowboarders descend mountains; usually using a board strapped to the feet

sanding coat (also hot coat) - the second of the two coats of resin typically used on a surfboard; used to harden the first coat; in UPR construction the resin is mixed with a surfacing agent to achieve the desired hardness needed for sanding (see also gel coat, gloss coat)

Sano -
1) a very clean, nicely contoured wave condition
2) short name for San Onofre State Beach, located in San Diego County, California

Santa Ana Winds - hot, dry winds that blow from the Santa Ana Mountains across the coastal plain of Southern California and end up creating nice offshore winds between September and February

scab - a reef or rock

scabbed - to get damaged by a reef or rock

scattered peaks (also breakup, broken up) - when waves approaching the beach split, creating different peaks or lines of waves with a clear separation between rideable shoulders

schlock - derogatory slang for: a nerd, kook, a lame-o, geek, idiot

schlong -
1) vulgar slang for: a thick, long, old-style single-fin surfboard
2) vulgar slang for: the major component of male genitalia

SCRAP - slang for: to fight, to argue

scraps - the leftover part of a wave that a surfer has exited from

scratching - desperately trying to paddle over a set or a single wave to avoid being caught inside or 'dumped on' by a large wave

seams - the joined panel borders of a wetsuit (see also flatlock stitch, blind stitch, double blind stitch, overlock stitch, tape, fluid seam, glued seam)

section -
1) a segment of a wave that has walled up in a lineup
2) a section, or chunk, of wave that breaks prematurely (i.e. ahead of) the peeling curl of that wave (commonly used for re-entry or floater maneuvers)

selling Buicks - to be throwing up, vomiting; the process of reversing the ingestion of the dreaded Neptune Cocktail; after 'selling Buicks', it is generally assumed that your day at the beach is pretty much over.

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set -
1) a series of waves (see also lull)
2) a series of outside waves
3) a series of outside breaking waves
4) a group of larger waves that come in periodically

shacked - to be covered up completely by the falling crest of a very steep wave

shape -
1) the form, or quality, of the waves
2) to form the contours of a surfboard by planing and sanding

shaper - a person who, starting with a foam surfboard blank, planes and sands it to the desired shape (see also glasser)

sheet glass (also glassy) -
1) a smooth water surface condition caused by the absence of local winds
2) a very smooth ocean and calm wave conditions

shibby - awesome, rad, totally

schnarf - to overstep one's boundaries

SHAKA (SHAH-kah) - 'hang loose' hand gesture consisting of the thumb and little finger being extended out and the forefinger, middle finger and ring finger being curled (or folded) inward touching the palm; sometimes waved; used to convey friendship no matter the circumstance, e.g. saying hello, goodbye, thanks – you get the picture

SHI SHI (also SHISHI) (SHEE shee) - slang for: to urinate, to pee

shoaling - when surface waves enter shallower water, begin to slow down, and increase in height; caused by the bottom of the wave dragging on the ocean floor, creating energy which then pushes the wave up

shoot-and-scoot (also shoot and scoot) - a technique for passing over waves while sitting on the back of the surfboard; done as you paddle out (see also Eskimo roll , duck-dive, slice, and push-up)

shoot the curl (also shoot the tube) -
1) to ride a surfboard through the hollow part of the wave that is formed as it crests over
2) to ride a surfboard in and out of the hollow part of the wave that is formed as it crests over
3) to angle or trim with the breaking part of the wave

shoot the pier - to ride a surfboard in between the pilings of a beachside pier

shoot the tube (also shoot the curl) -
1) to ride a surfboard through the hollow part of the wave that is formed as it crests over
2) to ride a surfboard in and out of the hollow part of the wave that is formed as it crests over
3) to angle or trim with the breaking part of the wave

SHOOTS (shuuts) - slang for:
“Okay, no problem.”
– or –
“It's fine with me.”

SHOOTS DEN (SHUUTS dehn) - slang for:
“Okay, bye now.”
– or –
“Okay, see you later.”

shore break (also shorebreak, shore pound) - fast, hard-breaking waves close to the beach; usually not surfable; more powerful and steeper than beach break

shore-dump - all over the place, sloppy foam that is no good for anything when it comes to surfing (see also soup, slop)

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shore pound (also shorepound, shore break) - fast, hard-breaking waves close to the beach; usually not surfable; more powerful and steeper than beach break

shorey - a shore break, where the bodyboarders usually excel (see bodyboard)

short period swell - a surf forecasting term indicating successive swells that occur less than 15 seconds apart

shortboard -
1) small surfboard about six feet long (or a bit less or a bit more)
2) small surfboard around 5'6" to 6'4" long and between 16" and 19" wide, usually has a squarish-rounded tail; used for shredding and contest-style surfing; designed for the advanced surfer

shoulder - the unbroken top rounded shelf, or corner, of a breaking wave (see also peak)

shoulder-hopper - a surfer who jumps over the unbroken top rounded shelf of a breaking wave

shralp (also shred, shredding) -
1) to rip, tear and hot-dog all over the waves
2) to surf aggressively
3) to surf with high-energy, using advanced snapping and vertical maneuvers
(see also hot-dogging)

shred (also shralp, shredding) -
1) to rip, tear and hot-dog all over the waves
2) to surf aggressively
3) to surf with high-energy, using advanced snapping and vertical maneuvers
(see also hot-dogging)

shredded (also blown out) - when onshore winds are blowing so hard as to chop up the surf and render it unridable (see also choppy, victory at sea) : No ride today, it's shredded.

shrouding - to cover the water with high-energy surfing

sick - when something is especially radical or dramatic in a good or bad way; can pertain to either a wave or performer : That was the sickest pit I ever saw! – or – She pulled off one sick slash!

side-slip - surfing maneuver, intentional or otherwise, in which the board loses traction and slips sideways down the face of the wave

SIDE EYE (also STINK EYE) - slang for: a hard, cold, menacing stare

side shore winds - winds traveling sort of up and down the shore rather than blowing distinctly in from the water or out from the shore

sidewalk surfing - skateboarding

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sine waves - in deep water, swells are very well-approximated as pure sine waves (You can look this up in your spare time.)

single fin - a surfboard with only one fin

SISTAH (SIH-stah) - slang for: sister (if taken literally); usually used for casually addressing a female in a friendly way (see also BRAH)

S'KEBEI (SKEH-beh-ee) - slang for: a dirty old man

S'KEBEI (skeh-BEH-ee) - slang for: “Keep away!”

skeg (also fin) - a rudder (i.e. a small, flattened projecting surface) that is attached to the bottom of surfboards and used for propelling, steering and balancing

slaps -
1) Japanese slippers or zoris
2) short for 'slaps to the head'; if you need 'slaps', it means you need some sense knocked into you

slash - to cut back and turn around

sleeper set (also sneaker set, sneak set) - a surprise set of waves, usually the biggest waves of the day, that are much larger than the others and they 'sneak' up on 'sleeping' surfers during a session

slice (also slice and duck) - a technique for passing through waves using an side-angled duck-dive; done as you paddle out (see also Eskimo roll, duck-dive, push-up, and shoot-and-scoot)

slide-out - to fall off your board; unlike the side-slip, a slide-out is never intentional

sliding ass - slang for: spin out

SLIPPAH (SLIH-pah) - slang for: rubber thongs or open flip-flop slippers

slop - mushy, choppy waves

slow - a surf forecasting term in regards to wave intensity; 'slow' indicates a tube speed defined by a 60° angle of peel line (see also fast, medium)

SMALL KID DAYS (also SMALL KID TIME) - slang for: childhood (see also HANABATA)

snake -
1) a person who drops in late on another surfer already riding a wave
2) to go around and behind another surfer in order to take off deeper; highly frowned upon
3) to drop in on another surfer who is already riding the wave; highly frowned upon

snaking -
1) to go around and behind another surfer in order to take off deeper; highly frowned upon
2) to drop in on another surfer who has the right-of-way on a breaking wave and forcing that surfer to change direction to avoid a collision; a person who does this could also be a shoulder-hopper (see also snake, cutting off)

snap (also snapback, top turn) - a very quick, short radius direction change performed at the top of a curl; similar to the re-entry, but the approach is less vertical and usually performed to gain speed

snapback (also snap, top turn) - a very quick, short radius direction change performed at the top of a curl; similar to the re-entry, but the approach is less vertical and usually performed to gain speed

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sneak set (also sneaker set, sleeper set) - a surprise set of waves, usually the biggest waves of the day, that are much larger than the others and they 'sneak' up on 'sleeping' surfers during a session

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

SOLE (SOH-leh) - slang for: a person of Samoan descent

soup -
1) whitewater from a broken wave
2) whitewash water that is located in the impact zone, frothy and full of bubbles: The soup makes it difficult to paddle out of the Banger Zone.

SPARK - slang for: to see, to check out

speed bumps -
1) inexperienced surfers that get in the way, usually cannot duck-dive, and wind up getting run over by another surfer on the water or sprayed by a surfboard passing by them
2) spongers

spin out -
1) the result of a surfboard's skeg and tail losing contact with the wave face, usually from too much force being applied, so that the surfer wipes out
2) a wipeout where the fin of a surfboard fails to keep hold in the wave face, causing the board to slide out from under the surfer

spinner (also 360, three-sixty) - a maneuver done wherein the board (and rider) spin 360° on the face of the wave

spit - a spray of water that shoots out of a collapsing tube or hollow wave

sponge - a bodyboard or a softboard (called a sponge because its core is made of a sponge-like material)

sponger - someone who uses bodyboards or softboards

spot tape (also stress point tape, tape) - used to prevent leaks or tears at intersections and stress points on wetsuit seams; usually used on top of already glued and blind stitched seams (GBS)

spray -
1) water being blown off the face of a wave
2) the 'plume'
3) the release of water from a surfboard as it moves along the wave (especially strong after quick turns)

squid - a dislikable individual; little squids are surfers that get in your way when you are surfing

squiggle (also butt wiggle) - a surf maneuver used in small wave contests; the squiggle is done by oscillating your board back and forth while maintaining the same forward track

stall - a maneuver intended to slow the surfboard's forward momentum in order to let the wave catch up, or to get in the barrel

stand-up - to stand up on a bodyboard and ride it that way (see also prone and drop-knee)

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steamer - Australian slang for: a full-body wetsuit

stick - a surfboard

Stinger - surfboard design with severe chine rails utilized on the bottom third of the board that taper to a single fin swallowtail; designed by Ben Aipa in the early 1970s

STINK EYE (also SIDE EYE) - slang for: a hard, cold, menacing stare

stoked -
1) to be geared up, wound up, full of enthusiasm
2) to be happy, excited, contented

straight off - to turn and ride while belly down; when a surfer anglin' can't make a wave, the surfer straightens the surfboard toward the beach to ride the whitewater while prone

stress point tape (also spot tape, tape) - used to prevent leaks or tears at intersections and stress points on wetsuit seams; usually used on top of seams that are already glued and blind stitched (commonly abbreviated as GBS)

stringer - a stiffening material attached to a surfboard down the centerline, running from nose to tail; used to strengthen the core; usually made of wood (e.g. basswood, birch, redwood, laminated ply, cedar, balsa) but can also be just glue; some surfboards have one additional stringer added on either side of the centerline stringer, giving a total of three for the board

stuffed - to get driven under the water by a wave coming down on you

SUKEBE (SUU-keh-beh) - slang for: crude, smutty, dirty, unseemly

surf break - a permanent obstruction which causes waves to break and make surf; usually created by a coral reef, rock, shoal, or headland (see Cloudbreak, see also reef break)

surf bunny -
1) a surfer's girlfriend
2) a female surfer (see beach bunny)

surf leash (also kook cord, leash, leg rope) - a cord with one end attached to the surfboard and the other end attached to an ankle strap which is worn by the surfer; used in an effort to not lose the surfboard after falling off it and also utilized as a lifeline back to the surface since the board will float better than the surfer; usually the same length as the surfboard; high quality ones are made of polyurethane

surf spot - a particular location that surfers like to ride

surf troll (also troll) - surfers with no money who live in cars, shacks, etc.

surf wax - wax that is used for traction and applied to the deck of fiberglass surfboards

surfacing agent - styrene monomer; used to improve the sanding capabilities of the resin in UPR construction (see also gel coat, hot coat, gloss coat)

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surfari -
1) a surfing trip
2) a hunt for good surf

surfboard width (also center point width, wide point) - surfboard width is measured across the board at the widest part in the following way:
• find the point on the centerline at the widest part of the board
• then, at that point on the centerline, measure across the board, rail to rail, while keeping perpendicular to the centerline
(see also tail width, nose width, length, thickness)

surfer's ear (also diffuse exostosis) - a form of exostosis, which is the formation of new bone on the surface of an already existing bone; diffuse exostosis is a build-up of new bone in the bony medial external auditory canal; this condition is prevalent among those who frequently expose their ears to cold water and wind; because this build-up prevents the body's natural normal cleaning mechanisms from functioning, left untreated, this condition leads to hearing impairment or loss and/or chronic pain from infections

surfer's knots - large bumps on the tops of feet and knees caused by callusing due to continuous contact with a board

surf's up - waves are breaking and surfable : Surf's up! I'm outta here!

sushi roll - an aerial maneuver consisting of:
• launching from the wave face, into the air and through the lip (angled towards the back of the wave) –
• then, all while turning 180°, squat and hold on to both rails
• kick your feet out and make your body parallel to the board –
• roll over in the air with the board –
• and then, get back up and drop back into the same wave face

swallow tail - a forked, vee-cut, tail shape resembling the bottom of a "W"

swell -
1) a good thing : I really like that. It's really swell.
2) gently, rounded waves : There's a good-sized swell due next week. – or – There's NO swell; it's flat.

swell period - the length of time between successive swell crests (peaks) which is measured as they pass a stationary point on land or on the water (e.g. a bouy)

swells - unbroken waves moving in groups of similar height and frequency

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

switch-stance - to be able to go from goofy foot to normal/regular foot and vice versa with ease

Swizzle - a parabolic-shaped longboard made from soft materials, invented by Tom Morey

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