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Surfing and Catholic Lingo

“I could not help concluding that this man felt the most supreme pleasure while he was driven on so fast and smoothly by the sea.” – Captain Cook, Tahiti, 1777.


Don’t be put off by the lingo!


Once you are initiated, the way people start talking about surfing begins to make a lot more sense. One story comes to mind that highlights this. As a kid we went on a holiday down south and headed down the hill towards Yallingup (where Taj Burrow learnt his trade). We became excited as the swell lines on the horizon came into view and then glimpsed the peeling waves.

“It’s going off”, we chorused.

Much to the displeasure of my mum who replied,

“That would be right, as soon as we get hear it starts going off.”


See mum was not into the surf lingo and so misunderstood what we meant. When you start a journey discovering Christianity there is a certain lingo that can make it a little confusing at first. Persevere!


At Yallingup, if mum turned the car around after misunderstanding the lingo then we would have missed out big time. Don’t let the Catholic lingo put you off.


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