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Types of Surfing

Beach Break
Beach Break

Surfing waves can generally be categorised into four main types of wave, each tending to suit a particular style of surfing and standard of surfer: beach breaks, reef breaks, point breaks, and rivermouth waves. Surfing Wave Types: Beach breaks. At breach breaks the waves break over a sand bottom.

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Headland (Point Break)
Headland (Point Break)

A surf break (also break, shore break, or big wave break) is a permanent (or semi permanent) obstruction such as a coral reef, rock, shoal, or headland that causes a wave to break, forming a barreling wave or other wave that can be surfed, before it eventually collapses.

Ledge Break
Ledge Break

Breaking the ledge (self.surfing) submitted 4 years ago by marsman1000 Vaders fist 5'4" Hello r/surfing I have a question about getting over the lip on heavier more pitchie waves.

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Reef Break
Reef Break

A surf break (also break, shore break, or big wave break) is a permanent (or semi permanent) obstruction such as a coral reef, rock, shoal, or headland that causes a wave to break, forming a barreling wave or other wave that can be surfed, before it eventually collapses.

River or Estuary Entrance bar
River or Estuary Entrance bar

River or estuary entrance bar. A river or estuary entrance bar creates waves from the ebb tidal delta, sediment outflow, and tidal currents.

Type 1 Jetty
Type 1 Jetty

Type 1 jetty. The first classification is a type 1 jetty. This type of jetty is significantly longer than the surf zone width and the waves break at the shore ...

Type 2 Jetty
Type 2 Jetty

A type 2 jetty occurs in an ebb tidal delta, a delta transitioning between high and low tide. This area has shallow water, refraction, and a distinctive seabed shapes that creates large wave heights. This area has shallow water, refraction, and a distinctive seabed shapes that creates large wave heights.

Type 3 Jetty
Type 3 Jetty

Type 1 jetty. The first classification is a type 1 jetty. This type of jetty is significantly longer than the surf zone width and the waves break at the shore end of the jetty. The effect of a Type 1 jetty is sediment accumulation in a wedge formation on the jetty.

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