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Get familiar with surf lingo with Bomba basics

Here’s some surf lingo you’ll wanna know if you’re gonna be hangin’ ten in Malta:

  • “Swell” refers to the size and shape of the waves. A “good swell” means the waves are big and well-formed.
  • “Wipeout” is when you fall off your board. It’s all part of the fun, but wipeouts can also be dangerous, so be careful out there.
  • “Barney” is another word for a beginner surfer, someone who is still learning the ropes.
  • “Barney style” is a derogatory term used to describe a poorly executed maneuver.
  • “Stoked” means to be really excited, usually about the surf conditions or a good ride.
  • “Dawn patrol” is when surfers head out early in the morning to catch the best waves before the crowds arrive.
  • “Hang ten” means to ride a wave with all ten toes hanging off the front of the board. It’s a classic surf move and a sign of a skilled surfer.
  • “Rip current” is a powerful current of water that can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. It can be dangerous, so be aware of rip currents when surfing.

Just remember, safety always comes first, so make sure you know the conditions and always wear the proper gear. And most importantly, have fun!


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