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Welcome to the ultimate Surfing Quiz!

Ready to ride the waves of your surf knowledge and show off your true ocean enthusiasm?

Our thrilling questions will challenge your surfing expertise like never before.

Just count your correct answers and surf on over to our result table to see how well you fared.

So, wax up your board, zip up your wetsuit, and let’s find out if you can carve your way to victory with your surfing trivia prowess!

Table of Contents

1. In which US state was modern surfing born?

  • A) Hawaii
  • B) California
  • C) Florida

2. What is the term for the front side of a surfboard?

  • A) Nose
  • B) Deck
  • C) Rail

3. Which surfer is nicknamed “The King”?

  • A) Kelly Slater
  • B) Laird Hamilton
  • C) Duke Kahanamoku

4. Which beach in Australia is synonymous with surfing?

  • A) Bondi Beach
  • B) Manly Beach
  • C) Surfers Paradise

5. What is a “wipeout” in surfing terms?

  • A) A big wave
  • B) A surfer falling off their board
  • C) A surfboard breaking

6. What is a “hang ten” maneuver?

  • A) Hanging all ten toes over the nose of the surfboard
  • B) A ten-second ride on a wave
  • C) A trick with ten rotations

7. In which decade were wetsuits first introduced for surfing?

  • A) 1950s
  • B) 1960s
  • C) 1970s

8. Which technique is used to paddle into a wave?

  • A) Turtle Roll
  • B) Duck Dive
  • C) Pop Up

9. What is a “barrel” in surfing terminology?

  • A) A type of surfboard
  • B) The cylindrical-shaped opening created by a breaking wave
  • C) A technique to turn on a wave

10. What is the common term for a beginner surfer?

  • A) Kook
  • B) Grom
  • C) Dude

11. What movie features the iconic line, “Vaya con Dios, Brah”?

  • A) Point Break
  • B) North Shore
  • C) The Endless Summer

12. Which of the following is the oldest type of surfboard?

  • A) Longboard
  • B) Alaia
  • C) Fish

13. Which country is home to the world-famous surfing spot, Uluwatu?

  • A) Brazil
  • B) Indonesia
  • C) South Africa

14.What do you call the slick and slippery surface on the bottom of a surfboard?

  • A) Wax
  • B) Traction Pad
  • C) Slick

15. What is the “drop-knee” stance used primarily for?

  • A) Big wave surfing
  • B) Longboarding
  • C) Bodyboarding

16. What is the primary goal of competitive surfing?

  • A) To ride the largest wave
  • B) To perform the most tricks on a wave
  • C) To ride the wave in the most critical part for as long as possible

17. In surfing terms, what is “closing out”?

  • A) When the sun sets over the ocean
  • B) When a wave breaks all at once, leaving no room for surfing
  • C) The end of a surf session

18. Which of the following is NOT a type of surfboard fin?

  • A) Twin fin
  • B) Quad fin
  • C) Hexa fin

19. What does “goofy foot” mean in surfing?

  • A) A surfer who is clumsy
  • B) A surfer who rides with their right foot forward
  • C) A unique surfboard shape

20. What do surfers call the area where waves begin to break?

  • A) The greenroom
  • B) The lineup
  • C) The impact zone

21. What is the slang term for a surfer’s legs, which can get tired after a long surf session?

  • A) Noodle legs
  • B) Gelato legs
  • C) Spaghetti legs

22. Who is widely considered the pioneer of big wave surfing?

  • A) Eddie Aikau
  • B) Greg Noll
  • C) Laird Hamilton

23. What is the name of the big wave surf break off the coast of Half Moon Bay, California?

  • A) Waimea Bay
  • B) Mavericks
  • C) Jaws

24. What is the correct term for the flap of rubber under the chin on a wetsuit hood?

  • A) Gasket
  • B) Grommet
  • C) Bib

25. Which of these is NOT a common maneuver in surfing?

  • A) Cutback
  • B) Aerial
  • C) Touchdown

26. Which country annually hosts the prestigious Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast competition?

  • A) United States
  • B) Australia
  • C) France

27. What is the name of the surfboard leash that attaches to a surfer’s ankle?

  • A) Sling
  • B) Tether
  • C) Leg rope

28. In which ocean are the waves typically known to be more powerful and steep when compared to other oceans?

  • A) Atlantic Ocean
  • B) Indian Ocean
  • C) Pacific Ocean

29. Which maneuver involves a surfer riding a wave while standing on their hands?

  • A) Handstand
  • B) Invert
  • C) Head dip

30. What is the term for the horizontal part of a wave that connects the breaking crest and the trough?

  • A) Face
  • B) Wall
  • C) Shoulder

31. What is the name of the annual big wave surfing competition held at Waimea Bay, Hawaii, in honor of a legendary surfer?

  • A) Titans of Mavericks
  • B) Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau
  • C) Billabong Pro Teahupoo

32. Which of these surfboard shaping materials has a foam core and a fiberglass outer shell?

  • A) Epoxy
  • B) Polyester
  • C) Fiberglass


# of Correct Answers Percentage Range Label Description
0- 0-49% Armchair Athlete You've got some learning to do, but don't worry, there's always the next game!
- 50-64% Rookie Runner Not bad! Keep practicing, and you'll be a sports trivia champ in no time.
- 65-79% Midfield Maestro Impressive! You're getting closer to the top, keep up the good work.
- 80-94% All-Star Striker Wow, you really know your sports trivia! You're a force to be reckoned with.
-33 95-100% Legendary Champion Unbelievable! You're a true sports trivia master. Your knowledge knows no bounds!

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fom mo

It seems there might be a misunderstanding. Mark Foo’s passing was not due to a shark attack.

Rev Nisay

Thank you for pointing that out. We’ve gone ahead and made the necessary corrections to ensure the information is accurate. Your input is greatly appreciated!