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.

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About three in four of the state’s roughly 41,000 homeless students spend their nights doubled-up or couch surfing due to loss of housing or economic hardship. Neal Morton, The Seattle Times, "Washington’s homeless students face steep academic struggles," 2 Oct. 2018 Four gigs is ok for the most basic of laptops—a Chromebook used only for email and some web surfing. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "The Very Best Laptops of 2018," 15 Nov. 2018 This unique spot allows for a number of activities like, world-class fly fishing, kite-surfing, whale shark watching, deep sea fishing, bird watching, and the ruins of El Meco. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "These Tropical Homes in Mexico Have Their Own Private Rooftop Pool and Bar," 2 Apr. 2019 My friends all seemed to drift blissfully into cohabitation, quickly mourn their independence, then break up in favor of couch-surfing. Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Breathless: Is Living Together Worth the Risk?," 26 Mar. 2019 That’s because a bag that looks and performs great on a kite-surfing holiday won’t usually suffice for an office commute or trips to the gym. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 Tokyo proposed five new sports—baseball/softball and karate (both of which are very popular in Japan), plus skateboarding, climbing, and surfing—and all were approved. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "These Are the New Sports We May See at the 2024 Summer Olympics," 27 Feb. 2019 In the surfing world, Glaser is renowned for his minimalist style behind the lens. Esquire, "Globetrotting Photographer Todd Glaser Schools Us on Minimalist Fall Fashion," 28 Sep. 2016 The men also took advantage of the sunny weather and the fact that Hartland Abbey has its own private section of coastline, and spent the afternoon surfing at Speke Mill, a spot located a couple of miles to the south. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Everything You Forgot Happened at Prince William's Bachelor Party," 27 Jan. 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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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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