The veering path a surfer takes across the unbroken face of the wave, ahead of the whitewater; to follow diagonally along the wave's sloping shoulder, as opposed to riding on a line perpendicular to the beach. After learning how to stand on a board, a beginning surfer next learns to angle—either to the left or the right, as the wave dictates. Angling, in turn, is the foundation for all surfing maneuvers, from cutbacks to noseriding, tuberiding, and aerials.

Ancient Polynesian veered their fi...