Author Trevor Craile
has done what seemed impossible. He has assemble an extensive and scholarly
compendium of language of surfing and the surf culture. Just the list wrapping the pix on the cover
is enough to entice even the most landlocked reverbhead.
Cowabunga, stokaboka, barrelled, twinnie, da kine, troppo, gyro, amped, sharky, way rad, grommet,
flailer, geeklified, zooed out, hotties, green room, kookster, doggies, frogskins, aggro, and valley
sheep all bring tears to the eyes, or maybe that's an itch to the inner ear. No matter, this is an
amazing adventure in the lingo of the life about surf music swirls.
You'll finally be able to understand all those song titles, and while you're at it, understand the
roots from which sprang that stereotypical valley girl jargon.
200 pages of words, background, history, cartoons, photos, and explanations, constructed like a dictionary
to be read instead of merely consulted.
Now, I know you always wanted to talk cool at those department meetings, and this is just the book
to enhance your already sizeable vocabulary. Imagine being able to convert mundanespeak into surfspeak. "Good
afternoon ladies and gentlemen" becomes "gnarlatious nooner gitches and bros." Of course,
that's not exactly a literal translation, and some among your clan may give you the boot if they get
all of it, but still it's gotta be fun to utter at least once.
Never agin will you have to rely on tried and true catch words like "yikes" and "swell." You're
in the know now, bra.