Surf Glossary - H: from hang ten to high tide


Hang Five

The Hang Five is a classic trick in longboarding. In the Hang Five, the surfer stands sideways to the board and stretches the toes of his front foot (Five) over the surfboard tip.

Hang Ten

This trick is also from the ABC of longboarding. On a Hang Ten, the surfer in the direction of travel is at the very front of the nose and stretches the toes of both feet (Ten) over the nose.

Both Hang Ten and Hang Five are very difficult tricks. The surfer must wait just the right moment in the wave to get a perfect balance on the front of the surfboard.

Hang Loose

Though Hang Loose is also a "hang" game, starting out as a trick, it is a kind of greeting among surfers and means something like "stay cool".
With this greeting, one pulls index finger, middle finger and ring finger on the inside of the hand and spreads the thumb and the little finger off.
Whether you want to greet each other is up to you. However, on the beaches of this world you are well served with a simple happy "hello".

High Tide

High tide is the maximum level of water that occurs every 12 hours as a result of the tides. (see also low tide)
For tides the tides are of great importance as they significantly influence the spots and waves. The circular motion of a wave is always underwater halfway to the part of the wave that you can see above the water. (See also surf) That means at high tide, so peak break the waves further up the beach. This also leads to the so-called Shorebreak.

Always check the tide calendar and find out which spot works best at which tide level.


Hawaii is considered the birthplace of surfing. Once this sport was reserved only for a very specific group of people.
It is not for nothing that surfing has been called the sport of kings. In Hawaii, Captain James Cook discovered the first humans to ride waves on trunks. The Christian missionaries banned this sport, which had too much to do with body worship and nakedness. Moreover, Christians did not tolerate the Hawaiians worshiping the sea as God.
Geographically, Hawaii is the most isolated archipelago on our planet. It is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and consists of about 135 islands. Hawaii is of volcanic origin and wild beauty. Its location creates large swells over the year, responsible for some of the largest waves in the world.


The name translates to nothing other than "hollow", which is why one describes waves that are described as "hollow" also as hollow, steep waves.