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 There are long stretches of lovely beaches that don't require walking down cliff fronts, and some good surfing, too. Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2021 Kolohe Andino has surfed a lot of different waves in front of a lot of different people — but later this month will be a first: The California native will be competing for Team USA when surfing makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games. Adam Carlson,, 16 July 2021 All together, there’s a blonde hockey kangaroo, a surfing kangaroo commemorating the new Olympic sport, and a lizard with frills in the shape of Australia. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 15 July 2021 Bro-Am are six nonprofit organizations providing services to the homeless, at-risk and disadvantaged youth with a special focus on music, art and surfing. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 June 2021 Adjacent to the building, a large outdoor area will feature a wave pool and a surfing simulator. al, 26 May 2021 No one symbolizes Hawaiian surfing more than Kahanamoku. New York Times, 17 May 2021 The Tokyo Olympics this summer will include several new and less-traditional events, including skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing. Emily Adams, USA TODAY, 6 July 2021 Time to quit posting surfing videos behind your boat, Dan, because that nonsense doesn’t matter anymore. Joseph Goodman |, al, 6 July 2021

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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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20 Jul 2021

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“Surfing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 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


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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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