stinkbug stance

Crouched and splay-limbed surfing posture, stable but ugly, often used by beginners. High-performance surfers of the 1960s also liked to throw the term at big-wave surfers (never to their faces): "the stinkbug," US champion Corky Carroll wrote, "was made popular by certain legendary surfers who had more nerve than style."

Filmmaker Bruce Brown brought the phrase front and center in The Endless Summer (1966) during a wipeout sequence voice-over: "The only way to avoid a wipeout is to take thi...