Surf Glossary - G: from glassy to green wave



Glassy refers to the surface of the water when surfing on days without wind. On these days, the water is as smooth as a mirror, no matter how small a bump in the wave disturbs the surfers when surfing. From clean waves with glassy water dreams every surfer. And every surfer who has ever experienced perfect waves with Glassy water, knows the feeling then to feel every little movement of the surfboard in the turns. Like a speed skater with freshly cut skates on a freshly prepared rink.
Glassy is the opposite of Choppy.


The glassing is the step in the production of a surfboard, in which the board by the addition of glass fiber mats (glassing) and resin maintains its stability. This term is not to be confused with the so-called glossing.


Goofy is, on the one hand, the lovable comic character we all know and the best friend of Mickey Mouse.
In surfing, however, all the riders are referred to as "Goofy" standing with their left foot forward on the board.
If you are a beginner and you want to know if you are Goofy or Regular, there are several ways to find it out.
Think about which leg is your stronger leg. This is the leg with which you would kick a football, for example, or the leg you use to hit the long jump. It is said that this strong leg belongs to the back of the surfboard.
Another way: Stand with your back to a person and ask them to push you with a short swing. As a rule, the leg swinging forward in the reflex is your front leg on the board.
No matter what the tests described here are, in water the easiest way works. At the latest after the first get-up-take-off attempts, you realize which foot you can easily get forward to the surfboard.
At the foot of the rear leg, the leash is attached later.

Go Pro

The Go Pro is a waterproof and shockproof camera that can be used on surfboards, snowboards, BMX helmets and more. can assemble.
With our Go Pro camera, our surf students have the opportunity to photograph themselves while surfing.

Gun (see also board)

Guns are mainly used by big wave surfers. The waves that paddle them can be up to 15 feet high.
To get into the waves without the help of jet skis, you need the shape of a gun on a surfboard. Guns are very long slender boards, with the sole purpose of slipping fast in big waves and being safely in the water at high speed.
Guns have a very pointed nose and a so-called pintail. The pintail offers grip in the big and fast waves.

A gun can be a big board and therefore may have something in common with a beginner board, in fact it is a board that even very good surfers only unpack on very special days of the year, namely when the waves are so big that you can Can not drive with a normal board.

glass fiber mat

Fiberglass occurs in the construction of surfboards. A fiberglass mat is a woven mat of glass fiber filaments. The glass fiber mat is placed around the blank and then soaked with Epoxyed resin or polyester resin.
When the resin has cured, the fiberglass mat gives stability to the surfboard.


Grip means the adhesion on the board. Good grip is achieved by using wax.
Without a certain hold, so a waxed surface would you uncontrollably slip on the surfboard and you can not hold yourself in the prone position on the surfboard.
There is wax for every water temperature. Most waxes are perfumed and often women's naked breasts adorn the packaging. This comes through a simple incident: The small bumps that arise when growing on the board, they say "Nipples". The slogan "For stronger, harder nipples" means in a funny way nothing other than "For a damn strong halt, hell yeah".
The fact that this is visually ambiguous is a little fun among surfers.

Green Room (see also tube & barrel)

The "green space" is the inside of the barrel / tube.
When a wave breaks hollow, it forms a tunnel of water in the middle for fractions of a second.
This green water tunnel is also called the Green Room by surfers. The inside of a wave is mostly green or blue. This also explains the next term: Green wave.

green wave

If you are a beginner, you will first learn how to get up safely in white water.
The white water is the leaking foam of the already broken wave.
In the next step, you will then learn how to paddle a "green wave" - in common usage also "unbroken wave". The first green wave is something very special for a surfer and the beginning of a passion that never ends again.
In one of the book "A Year in Australia", the author Julica Jungehülsing asks why one does not stick warning signs on beginner boards. The warning for an addiction that never stops.