DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS: WE SHOULD HAVE STUCK WITH “SHARKBOARDS”!

This essay on mostly-archaic terms and phrases used to describe “surfing,” “surfer,” and “surfboard” is excerpted from the Introduction to Pacific Passages: an Anthology of Surf Writing, by Patrick Moser, published in 2008 by the University of Hawaii Press.   *  *  *  The term “surfriding,” though mostly archaic, is nevertheless useful in characterizing the general…