September 06, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Blue Crush

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
103 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/16/02
performer
Kate Bosworth, Sanoe Lake, Michelle Rodriguez, Mika Boorem, Matthew Davis, Faizon Love
director
John Stockwell
Producer
Brian Grazer
distributor
Universal
author
Lizzy Weiss
genre
Romance, Action Adventure

Thanks to the Beach Boys, Greg Brady, and Jeff Spicoli, we all know a little surfer-speak — wipeout, dude, tubular. But Blue Crush’s buzzed-about board babes bring a new wave of surf words into pop-culture consciousness. Here, we decode their salty slang. — Jennifer Armstrong

Pipe or Pipeline The famous spot in Hawaii where Crush’s surf contest is set. ”It’s one of the best waves in the world,” says Isabelle Tihanyi, owner and founder of the Surf Diva school in La Jolla, Calif. ”It breaks in a total tubular fashion.” hold down When a wave crashes on your head and holds you under the water. morning sickness Choppy water that may improve later in the day. going off Perfect surfing conditions. overhead Measurement of a wave; roughly equal to a surfer’s average height. For instance, ”double overhead” equals the height of two people — 10-12 feet. clean How to describe a wave with a glassy, perfect peak. Barbie A wimpy girl. ”Surfer girls aspire to be so much more than those girls who lay out on the beach in their G-strings and play to the guys,” says Tihanyi. ”It’s not so much a surfer term as it is a general insult.”

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