roller coaster

Arcing maneuver during which the surfer rides at an angle up the wave face, banks off the crest, and drops back down to the trough; an up- and-down movement that resembles the path of a roller coaster. "Roller coaster" first came into use in the early 1960s, not long after polyurethane foam core surfboards replaced the heavier solid balsa-wood models; the phrase has to some degree been replaced by...

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