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dig a rail


When the surfboard's rail (edge) unexpectedly catches or "digs" into the water during a ride, abruptly slowing the board down and making it temporarily impossible to control. The surfer, after digging a rail, is either put off balance or chucked off altogether. Digging a rail is most likely to happen when the water surface is choppy, if there's backwash or any kind of lump running across the surf zone, if the surfer miscalculates a turn or turns from the wrong place on the board (too far forw...