stoke


Enduring surf slang expression meaning excited, pleased, happy, thrilled. "Stoke" is an English adaptation of the 17th-century Dutch word stok, used to describe the rearrangement of logs in a fireplace in order to bring up the flames. California surfers began using the word in the early or mid-'50s, and it never went out of fashion. Variations include "stoker," "surf-stoked," "stoke-um," "stokaboka," and "stokearama."

Research suggests that the lingering effects of surf stoke—what you feel after the adrenaline rush is gone—may be attributed to the negatively-charged ions given off by churned up water and sea spray, which can nudge up serotonin levels.

Surf magazines have run articles such as "Murphy Gets Stoked," "Low on Stoke," "Investing in Stoke," "The Five Laws of Eternal Stoke," "The Science of Stoke," and "Digital Stoke." Pure Stoke, a collection of surfing essays by journalist John Grissim, was published in 1982; Drew Kampion's Stoked: A History of Surf Culture came out in 1997; Stoked and Broke, a surf movie by Cyrus Sutton, was released in 2010.