A ride-ending event; usually harmless, but can be dangerous, even deadly. Common forms of the wipeout include pearling (when the board's nose digs into the water), digging a rail (the board's edge catches), spinning out (the tail section loses traction), and the free-fall (board and rider go airborne), along with poorly timed turns and cutbacks, and collisions with other surfers. Wipeouts often lo...

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