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The Ocean Reporter's
Sand & Surf
Terms Encyclopedia: Ocean & Wave
 
 
BERM Where sand and surf meet and a step or smooth but steep hill is formed.
BREAKERS Tells the kifeguard where it is shallow enough to stand.
CAMELS Any wood or timber, like objects found int he ocean.
CHOP A short, rough wave (also light chop and heavy chop).
CREST The top of a wave (the height).
DROP ZONE Dangerous area where the wave breaks, its most critical point.
FLAT Not surf, water resembles a lake.
GLASS A still condition that resembles a mirror, usuallly early morning, but can be any time there is a liff in the wind or weather.
LUFF A pause in the wind.
LULL A break in wave action (a good time to go outside).
PLUNGING WAVES Hard breaking or crashing waves.
RIP CURRENT (Rip Tide) When waves break in shallow water with rapid succession.
RIPPLE Light wind wave.
SEICHE Waves that move like sloshing water, side to side in a bathtub.
SOUP Foam.
SPILLING WAVES Gentle or feathering waves.
TROUGH Area underneath a wave.
UNDERTOW A term often confused with riptides.
UPRUSH Remainder of water that runs up on sand.
 
 
 
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