Surf's Up - We Are Stellar Designs

Surf's Up

Our designers look for inspiration everywhere - and although we are complete Barney's (see slang glossary below) putting together the Surf's Up Vibe  has been Akaw! 

Whether ducking behind some of the most azure curtains one can imagine or pushing the limits of human potential at one of the world’s premier big wave spots, Surfers live for the thrill. Know this - surfing is one of the most difficult and complex sports in the world. IN THE WORLD!


360 – a surf move consisting of turning the surfboard at a 360-degree angle while on the face of a wave

A-frame – a wave shaped like a peak that breaks both left and right, equally

Aggro – aggressive surfing/surfer

Air/Aerial – is a maneuver in which the board leaves the surface or the water/wave

Akaw! – awesome, cool

Amped – feeling excited, pumped up

Ankle busters – waves that are too small to ride

Backdoor – going inside a tube/barrel, also known as the curl of the wave, from behind its peak

Bailing – Jumping off your board into the water in order to avoid a bad encounter

Barney – a surfer that is not cool, untalented, rookie




  1. A trained surfer can hold his breath for about 4 minutes. Impressive until you learn the record holder can do it for more than 11 minutes.
  2. The record for the longest surf ride is 3 hours 55 minutes by Panamanian surfer Gary Saavedra.
  3. Cameron Diaz has broken her nose four times while surfing. Ouch!
  4. A “hang eleven” is when a male surfer rides his board naked. ummm...
  5. WWII led to the invention of chemicals and materials that helped revolutionize the construction of surfboards. Styrofoam, fiberglass, and resin all helped create boards that were more sturdy and lightweight. 
  6. Surfing is a $10 billion global industry. 


We love a good surfing story - better yet, post and tag a picture of your latest wave conquest. @wearestellardesigns

Blog contributor: Sofia Achinelli

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