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SURFING SCHOOLS
GET WITH THE LINGO

W ith a great choice of schools operating in Wales , providing lessons to suit all abilities , surfing is without a doubt , in vogue .

It ’ s swiftly becoming a popular alternative to the boozy pub-topub stagger wearing a Borat mankini on a stag do , and a marvellous way of keeping fit , a way that just feels so much cooler than going to the gym .
If you ’ ve never tried surfing , It ’ s surely high time you did , so , grow your locks , don some jewellery made of driftwood , walk around bare foot and get ready to be stoked , brah .
On these pages we look at a couple of surfing schools , get to grips with the lingo and list just some of the best beaches .
If you want to read about the rise in popularity of surfing in the UK since the 1970s , we highly recommend The Surfing Tribe by Roger Mansfield , published by Orca . Roger is an ex- British surfing champion , who has surfed all around the UK including Wales .

SURFING SCHOOLS

OUTER REEF SURF SCHOOL PEMBROKE , PEMBROKESHIRE
Offering courses for beginners , intermediate and advanced surfers . Equipment is all included within the price of every course .
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PORTHCAWL SURF SCHOOL PORTHCAWL , BRIDGEND
Wide range of courses to suit all abilities . Equipment is all included within the price of every course . Their website is very informative .
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WEST COAST SURF - SURF SCHOOL HELLS MOUTH , GWYNEDD
Providing lessons since 1996 , West Coast is perfect for beginners . Equipment is all included within the price of every course .
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GET WITH THE LINGO

Aloha Hawaiian greeting meaning hello or goodbye
Bogging When a surfer ’ s weight is too far back causing the surfboard nose to lift up
Carve Sharp turn on the wave
Cutback Turn performed on the flats or in the shoulder of the wave in order to get back on to the surf line
Ding A crack , hole or fracture on the surfboard
Drop in To get in the right of way of a surfer who is already riding a wave
Froth Excited , amped or stoked
Goofy foot A surfer who rides with their right leg forward
Grommet Young surfer
Gun Big surfboard for riding big waves
Kahuna Wizard , magician
Kook A beginner , inexperienced or bad surfer
Paddle battle A race between surfers to get into a curl first and thus gain the right of way
Quiver The number / collection of surfboards owned by a surfer
Set Group of waves
Tube The hollow interior of a wave , also known as a barrel
Wahine Female surfer
Wedge Steep wave
Wipeout An unexpected fall from a surfboard or surfing accident
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