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 And Hokule’a, the surfing cat on Oahu who happily spends hours on a surfboard and isn’t afraid to launch himself into the salt water for a quick swim. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "Have cat, will travel: These #adventurecats love to surf, swim, hike and camp," 23 Feb. 2021 Depending on the afternoon, the program serves eight to 15 students, some of whom are experiencing homeless or couch surfing with their parents. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Mesquite students needed a safe place to go after school, so the district created one," 2 Feb. 2021 Others are going on scuba diving tours or taking kite surfing lessons. Washington Post, "More Americans are traveling to Mexico’s Riviera Maya than ever before. The parties have led to more coronavirus cases.," 22 Dec. 2020 The attack prompted the indefinite hold of the World Surf League women's professional surfing competition Maui Pro on the day of the incident, according to a release by the WSL. Kelsie Smith, CNN, "A surfer was attacked and killed by a shark in Hawaii, forcing the suspension of a surfing competition," 10 Dec. 2020 The digital age with its constant surfing has brought about a less faithful attitude towards brands; options have increased exponentially, so there’s definitely more space for exploring newness and for enjoying the unexpected. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Inside MSGM 10!—Designer Massimo Giorgetti Gives Us A Sneak Peek at His New Book," 3 Dec. 2020 Dive into the art and films of John Severson, founder of the surfing bible, Surfer magazine. New York Times, "How to Pretend You’re in Hawaii Tonight," 24 Nov. 2020 The only thing on these days besides Cubs reruns and Ryan Dempster are shows about betting, surfing, bass fishing and other activities with a limited audience. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: The Yu Darvish trade is a cost-saving move — and it starts the undoing of the Chicago Cubs. So much for those ‘wheelbarrows of cash.’," 29 Dec. 2020 Almost immediately, newsletters—on personal finance, high-end travel, U.F.O.s, carnivorous plants, surfing, bluegrass, numismatics, farming, and, of course, computing—proliferated. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Is Substack the Media Future We Want?," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Surfing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce surfing (audio) \

Kids Definition of surfing

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

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