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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The family stayed with friends of her mother's in Blue Ash and Avondale – couch-surfing, Genea calls it – since her mom and her second husband separated in April. Mark Curnutte,, "4 addresses in 4 months: This is what poverty looks like for this Cincinnati family," 10 July 2019 The International Olympic Committee voted its provisional approval for the addition on Tuesday, also giving a nod to surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing. David Wharton,, "Breakdancing receives provisional approval for Summer Olympics," 25 June 2019 In 2007, McAnally — an aspiring songwriter who had hustled 14 years without catching a break — was couch-surfing in Los Angeles after losing his home and having his car repossessed. Jeff Nelson,, "How Songland’s Shane McAnally Went from Homeless to Country's Hottest Hitmaker," 27 June 2019 There, Margie Miyata logged many miles of swimming, enjoyed slalom water skiing, and loved the challenge of wind surfing. Tribune News Service,, "Man scatters ashes of wife of 64 years at lake, then drops dead in the water," 22 June 2019 Moshing, crowd surfing and stage diving are not allowed. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Indianapolis' Tacos, Tequila and Margaritas Festival 2019," 19 June 2019 Instead, the son of a successful hedge fund founder was surfing, going to exclusive social clubs and living on a $1,000 weekly allowance from his parents. New York Times, "He Graduated From Princeton, but Barely Worked. Then He Killed His Dad Over His Allowance.," 18 June 2019 There is a sentimental wave that everyone is surfing, with only two definitely, and perhaps three, games left at the arena. Ann Killion,, "Steve Kerr says Warriors need Oracle Arena crowd ‘more than ever’ in Game 3," 5 June 2019 This is a Honolulu native from a state better known for surfing than baseball, after all, as Garcia was overlooked and passed over many times. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Yard Goats right-hander Rico Garcia turning plenty of heads with his domination at the Double-A level," 14 June 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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