surf·​ing | \ ˈsər-fiŋ How to pronounce surfing (audio) \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

This unique spot allows for a number of activities like, world-class fly fishing, kite-surfing, whale shark watching, deep sea fishing, bird watching, and the ruins of El Meco. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "These Tropical Homes in Mexico Have Their Own Private Rooftop Pool and Bar," 2 Apr. 2019 My friends all seemed to drift blissfully into cohabitation, quickly mourn their independence, then break up in favor of couch-surfing. Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Breathless: Is Living Together Worth the Risk?," 26 Mar. 2019 That’s because a bag that looks and performs great on a kite-surfing holiday won’t usually suffice for an office commute or trips to the gym. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 Tokyo proposed five new sports—baseball/softball and karate (both of which are very popular in Japan), plus skateboarding, climbing, and surfing—and all were approved. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "These Are the New Sports We May See at the 2024 Summer Olympics," 27 Feb. 2019 In the surfing world, Glaser is renowned for his minimalist style behind the lens. Esquire, "Globetrotting Photographer Todd Glaser Schools Us on Minimalist Fall Fashion," 28 Sep. 2016 The men also took advantage of the sunny weather and the fact that Hartland Abbey has its own private section of coastline, and spent the afternoon surfing at Speke Mill, a spot located a couple of miles to the south. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Everything You Forgot Happened at Prince William's Bachelor Party," 27 Jan. 2019 Tofino is evidently the best surfing beach in North America — people go up there year-round and get great waves in the winter, with wet suits. Sandy Deneau Dunham, The Seattle Times, "Jim Olson’s Tofino Beach House is one for the books," 25 Oct. 2018 The new sailings come after a $120 million ship makeover that added deck-top water slides, a FlowRider surfing pool, a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience and a restaurant by celeb chef Jamie Oliver as well as a retro-chic tiki bar. Editors, USA TODAY, "World Cup, N.C. transgender battle and more things you need to know Monday," 25 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


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Kids Definition of surfing

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

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