What’s true in sports?

Matt Hoh

What’s true in surfing?
1. The only state allowed to compete separately for the U.S. at international surfing meets is Florida.
2. Japan is the home of Banzai Pipeline.
3. Hanging five is when a surfer stands on the front of his board and wraps five toes over the front.
4. It is only possible to surf on coastlines and perfect conditions on a river.
5. When surfers get completely covered by a breaking curl of a wave, it is called a wipeout.Answers:
1. False: There is one state allowed to compete separately. However, that state is Hawaii.
2. False: The island of Oahu, Hawaii is the home to the Banzai Pipeline, along with other surfing breaks known as Sunset, Waiemea and Makaha.
3. True: One can also hang 10, by adding their other foot to the front of the board; however, this is almost guaranteed to end in a wipeout.
4. False: It is possible to surf on both coasts and rivers. However it is also possible to surf in the middle of the ocean, as there is an underwater sea mount 100 miles off the cost of San Diego known as the Cortez Bank, which creates waves that can grow to 60-plus feet.
5. False: When a surfer is completely covered by a breaking wave, this is called being “tubed” or “barreled.” This will most likely end in a wipeout, which occurs when the surfer falls of his or her board.

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