What’s true in surfing?

Matt Hoh

1. The only state allowed to compete separately for the U.S. at international surfing meets is Florida.
False: There is one state allowed to compete separately. However, that state is Hawaii.2. Japan is the home of Banzai Pipeline.
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. Hanging five is when a surfer stands on the front of his board and wraps five toes over the front.
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. It is only possible to surf on coastlines and perfect conditions on a river.
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. When surfers get completely covered by a breaking curl of a wave, it is called a wipeout.
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.