surf·​ing | \ ˈsər-fiŋ \

Definition of surfing

: the sport of riding the surf especially on a surfboard

Examples of surfing in a Sentence

Her hobbies include diving and surfing.

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No drinking, just waking up, eating well, and surfing. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "What 7 Victoria’s Secret Angels Are Gifting—And Getting—For the Holidays," 2 Dec. 2018 The organization, which goes by the name OneWave, encourages people to share their stories with one another, and heal together with yoga and surfing sessions on the beach. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Reveals That She's Been Getting Up at 4:30 A.M. to Do Yoga," 19 Oct. 2018 Body surfing turns to boogie boarding, turns to surfing, turns to my favorite thing: sharing it with my brother and spending time with my father. Teri Figueroa,, "Friends, family mourn lifeguard and surfer killed in crash," 5 July 2018 Most mentors are professionals who are actively engaged in their careers. From fall through spring, mentors spend time with their mentees at their workplace, at the ballpark, on the golf course, sailing, surfing or just hanging out. Brad Avery And Will O'neill,, "Mentorship program at Newport Harbor High School makes a difference in kids’ lives," 7 June 2018 For example, a keyword related to surfing may lead to a surf report. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Apple: Why we’re better than Google’s Android," 4 June 2018 An Asheville tradition that might sound like the result of enjoying too much local barbeque, bellyaking is, in fact, a unique hybrid of kayaking, boogie boarding and surfing. Michael Boyce, USA TODAY, "Come experience the perfect day in Asheville, North Carolina!," 7 May 2018 For those that want to go into the coming game with some sense of surprise, though, treat the next two weeks of Internet surfing as a potential minefield of unintended spoilers. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo struggles to contain massive Smash Bros. Ultimate leaks," 26 Nov. 2018 Veterans and novices alike flocked to it, stoked by the prospect and weirdness of surfing in the city. David Kelly,, "Who says you can't ride a wave in a landlocked state? In Colorado, surf's up," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of surfing

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surfing was in 1926

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English Language Learners Definition of surfing

: the activity or sport of riding ocean waves on a special board (called a surfboard)

: the activity of looking for information or interesting things on the Internet


surf·​ing | \ ˈsər-fiŋ \

Kids Definition of surfing

: the sport of riding waves toward the shore usually while standing on a surfboard

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