surfing

noun

surf·​ing ˈsər-fiŋ How to pronounce surfing (audio)
: the sport of riding the surf especially on a surfboard

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Example Sentences

Her hobbies include diving and surfing.
Recent Examples on the Web For a sport with roots that run centuries deep, surfing has been comically misunderstood by mainstream pop culture. Andrew S. Lewis, Outside Online, 10 June 2022 The 30-acre whitewater park being built on the Oklahoma side of the Illinois River near Watts will host kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, tubing and rafting, according to a news release. Marc Hayot, Arkansas Online, 2 Sep. 2022 For lovers of the outdoors, birding, surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, golf, and just strolling the beach are great pastimes. Rebecca Treon, Chron, 23 May 2022 GoPro cameras have been known mostly for their use in action sports like surfing, whitewater kayaking, and downhill mountain biking, but the company is looking to broaden its appeal. The Editors, Outside Online, 4 Dec. 2014 Inland swimming holes and waterfalls; gorgeous beaches; plenty of cycling, hiking, fishing and surfing; and bragging rights to being in the first waves of visitors to return. Forrest Brown, CNN, 21 Aug. 2022 Nearby places such as Haikou, the capital of Hainan Province, and Wanning, a popular surfing spot, also shut down to curb the spread of the virus. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2022 What athletes inside and outside surfing have been influential to you? Andy Frye, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 All of the cocktails are named for local surfing spots, including Stone Steps, Moonlight, Bird Rock, Torrey Pines and Sunset Cliffs. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of surfing was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Surfing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surfing. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

surfing

noun

surf·​ing ˈsər-fiŋ How to pronounce surfing (audio)
: the sport of riding waves toward the shore usually while standing on a surfboard

Last Updated: 18 Sep 2022

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