Shaka Surf Essential Surf & Sustainability Glossary

There's lots of confusing jargon in the world of sustainability and surfing, so we can break it down for ya real quick! Yew!!!

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Aloha

A Haiwaiian word used for greeting or saying goodbye. Not to be confused with mahalo which is used to express gratitude.

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Asymmetrical Boards

A surfboard that doesn't follow a symmetrical outline.

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Drop In

When another surfer 'drops in' on another surfer is when they takeoff on the same wave as a surfer who is already up and riding.

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Eco fins

Refers to fins that do not use petrochemicals in their construction. Eco fins are usually made from 100% recycled and reused materials.

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Eco Wetsuits

Eco westuits sometimes called 'green wetsuits' are made from non petroleum based products and therefore considered less environmentally damaging. There are number of companies who have launched alternatives to neoprene, such as limestone based neoprene or composites such as NaturalPrene.

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Environmental Engineering

A branch of engineering that applies scientific and engineering principles to protect human health and infrastructure from environmental dangers.

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Freecycling

Freecycling refers to giving away unusable or unwanted items to others that need them, rather than throw the item away which will end up in landfill.

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Gnarly

Used to refer to anything impressive in the context of surfing. For example, "that was a gnarly wave", or that was a "gnarly takeoff".

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Pumping

When the waves are really good, surfers will often say the waves were 'pumping' or 'firing'.

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Rash Guard

Sometimes referred to as a "rashie". It is used to protect the upper torso from adverse skin reactions either to the wax on the surfboard or water, as well as to protect the skin from harmful UV ways.

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Paulownia

A type of wood that has extremely desirable properties for wooden surfboard manufacture. Paulownia is readily available, strong and lightweight which make it a great sustainable alternative to PU and epoxy foam.

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Take 3

An initiative conceptualised by an Australian charity, that promotes beach cleanups and marine environmental issues. The idea behind 'Take 3' is that people should pick up at least 3 piecs of rubbish next time they go the beach to help the marine environment.

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Tail Pads

The tail pad is used for traction and gripping the back foot. It is placed on the deck of the surfboard near the tail end of the surfboard. Recently more eco friendly tail pads are being produced using algae bloom.

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Upcycling

The process of taking disused or discarded objects/materials and creating a product of high quality or value than the original.