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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Alan Witchey, executive director of CHIP, said homeless women with kids are more likely to end up couch-surfing or doubling up with friends or relatives than living on the street. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "It might be hard to look away from these sidewalk pleas," 10 July 2018 Into the garages!—and started their own league, based on the esoterica of surfing. John Wilkens,, "Tom Wolfe left his mark in San Diego with 'Pump House Gang'," 15 May 2018 The owners, husband and wife Parker Whiteway and Dinah Grossman, met in 2009 through the Chicago couch surfing community, though neither of them were couch surfing themselves. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "At Spinning J, you can have your pie and eat it too," 23 May 2017 And surfing is, of course, the unofficial state sport of California, where Meghan grew up. Simon Perry,, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Giving Charities a 'High Five' At Their Wedding," 18 May 2018 By spitting out waves on command, the Surf Ranch spells the birth of surfing as a stadium sport—one that can keep to a schedule and entice broadcast executives. Jesse Katz, Smithsonian, "Engineering the Perfect Wave," 27 June 2018 The first show in this new division, Endless Summer — not to be mistaken with The Endless Summer, the famous 1966 surfing documentary — sounds like a refresh of MTV's Laguna Beach made for the social media era. Madeline Buxton,, "Step Aside, Bachelors: Snapchat Is Taking A Stab At Reality Shows," 19 June 2018 If surfing isn’t your sport of choice, there’s no need to fear. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "Where to Stay in Pichilemu, the Undiscovered Tulum of Chile," 30 Mar. 2018 As a trendsetter, surfing and skateboarding were added, and now both are set for their Olympic debut in 2020. Glae Thien,, "San Diego's Cal State Games turning 30," 12 July 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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