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 John Raymond, an attorney who’s been surfing for 50 years, said Wise’s closing was symbolic to what’s happened to surfing in the city. Shwanika Narayan,, "‘Huge loss’: Wise Surfboards, one of SF’s oldest surf shops, is closing," 12 Nov. 2019 Which is why winter surfing is so popular with serious surfers. Melissa Buote, Bon Appétit, "Where the Waves Are Fast and the Food Is Slow," 7 Nov. 2019 The crowd surfing was neither Joseph nor Dun’s most daring feat. Chris Varias,, "Review: Twenty One Pilots served up an 'eyeball feast' at U.S. Bank Arena," 23 Oct. 2019 The mahouts mountain-goat their way down the ridge, with Pinto and me dirt-surfing and butt-sliding after them. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 The duo was often seen surfing and walking around Byron Bay, where Chris, 36, lives with wife Elsa Pataky and their three kids. Alexia Fernandez,, "Liam Hemsworth 'Is Taking It Slow' with Maddison Brown After Miley Cyrus Split: Source," 16 Oct. 2019 The local Costa Verde International School has surfing and sustainable gardening on the curriculum. Oliver Pilcher, Condé Nast Traveler, "How One Family Swapped a Hectic, Tech-Filled Schedule for Low-Key Beach Life," 23 Aug. 2019 But aside from the surfing and nature, there's also this amazing sense of community. Oliver Pilcher, Condé Nast Traveler, "How One Family Swapped a Hectic, Tech-Filled Schedule for Low-Key Beach Life," 23 Aug. 2019 After 30 years in California, my tastes have veered toward surfing and mountain biking. Marc Randolph, Quartz, "Netflix co-founder: Luck isn’t about chance—it’s about preparation," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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3 Dec 2019

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“Surfing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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