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surf bum


Disdainful phrase when used by non-surfers to describe surfers; usually humorous, affectionate, or ironic when used by surfers to describe themselves. "I'm a surf bum," Kahuna (Cliff Robertson) says in the 1959 movie Gidget. "You know, ride the waves, eat, sleep, not a care in the world." In "How to be a Surf Bum!," a 1967 cartoon panel SurfToons magazine, hodads are advised to step into a pair of baggies, rub wood stain into their skin "for that fast-fast-fast supertan!," drive around in a w...