head dip

A small-wave maneuver, more theatrical than useful, where the surfer holds a tight angle near the crest and lowers his head. As done in the golden age of hotdogging—from the late-'50s to the mid-'60s—the head was tilted horizontally or completely inverted, and sometimes "dipped" into the breaking wave; for an add-on bit of flair, the arms could be raised up and back, like bird wings. Today's head dip, less flamboyant for the most part, often looks like a tuberide without the tube.