Surfing Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Whether you’re a surfer or just enjoy sharing your love for the water with your canine companion, giving your dog a surfing-inspired name is a great way to tie together two things you love. Since the sport has a long-standing history of over a century, complete with it’s own lexicon and famed personalities, there is no shortage of names to choose from, from the most generic term to the most specific beach, move or person, leaving plenty of room for you to find something suitable. After all, what better way to honor both your furry friend and one of your favorite activities than to tie them together with one aptly-selected word?

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Surfing Inspired Dog Name Considerations

There is certainly plenty to consider when trying to choose the right surfing-inspired name for your dog. You’ll have to consider if you want to go with a common term or something more specific, like your favorite beach, surfer, or board. You’ll also need to consider your dog’s looks, quirks, and personality, as those are usually the best places to start when generating ideas. 

And they can most certainly come from all over. For instance, if your dog loves to fly through the air, Aerial would be a great name for obvious reasons. If they tend to steal your lunch or sunscreen or any other useful items, Leech would be most appropriate. If they tend to float surprisingly well, then maybe Buoy or Balsa would work best. 

You can also use their looks as a basis for generating ideas. For example, if they tend to have a lower hindquarters than forequarters such as a German Shepherd, and constantly look like they would be “bogging” down a board, then Bogs would be a clever fit. If they happen to have a reddish coat, Rusty would be a good choice to tie together your favorite brand, dog, and their color. 

Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to explore unfamiliar waters. You never know when you’ll find the one that makes or breaks your wave of thoughts. 

Male Surfing Inspired Dog Names

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Aggro
An aggressive approach to surfing or an aggressive person
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Akaw
Something old-school surfers used to call out when they saw a good wave
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Barney
An Australian term for an inexperienced surfer
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Barrel
The tube or curl of the wave
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Bogs
A play off bogging, which is the act of putting too much weight on the back of a surfboard, turning the front up
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Carver
Someone who is particularly agile or good at maneuvering
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Crest
The topmost part of the wave
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Deck
The top of a surfboard
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Duck
The process of diving into/through a wave so as not to be pushed towards shore with it
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Gun
A big surfboard
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Knot
A unit of speed, one nautical mile per hour
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Kook
An inexperienced or bad surfer
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Mack
Big, large, oversized
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Rip
To surf well
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Skeg
A dated expression for a surfboard fin
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Surge
A wave that is too powerful to break properly
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Wedge
A steep, vertical wave
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Axe
To execute something or be taken out by a wave (axed)
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Bamboo
A fiberglass replacement in surfboard making, used for laminates
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Bonzer
A surfboard designed in the 70s; considered the precursor to the modern board
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Corduroy
A term used to describe the look of swells coming in on the horizon
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Duke
After Duke Kanahamoku, the father of modern surfing
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Slater
After Kelly Slater, one of the most accomplished and talented surfers in history
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Doc
After Doc Paskowitz, a pioneer of surf culture
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Laird
After Laird Hamilton, a premiere big-wave surfer
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Hamilton
After Laird Hamilton, a highly-influential surfing figure
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O'Neill
After the brand O'Neill, a highly-respected maker of surf gear
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Van
After the brand Vans, popular in surf and skate culture
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Reef
A popular surfing brand
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Rusty
Considered the "Cadillac" of surfboards

Female Surfing Inspired Dog Names

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Aerial
A surfing move where the surfer hits the crest of a wave and catches air
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Bail
An evasive maneuver used when a wipeout is imminent
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Leech
A needy surfer who doesn't bring their own gear/supplies
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Bell
After Bells Beach, a famous Australian surfing spot
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Alaia
An early surfboard made of wood
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Bombora
An offshore break in deep water
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Chop
Rough or bumpy water
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Fin
A part of the surfboard used to help foot-steering and control
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Kahuna
A wizard or magician
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Mysto
A surf spot that breaks on a particularly far away reef
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Paipo
A small bellyboard
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Peak
The spot in the water where the wave breaks for both sides
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Pits
The center, tube, curl of a wave
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Quiver
A surfer's roster of surfboards
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Currents
The movement of the water based on wind, temperature, and more
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Shaka
A Hawaiian hand gesture with somewhat universal usage to mean 'hello', 'cool', 'alright'
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Shoal
A naturally submerged ridge or bank
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Swell
Energy produced by high winds that creates waves
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Tidal
Dealing with the ocean's ebb and flow, based on the moon
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Turtle
Flipping a surfboard over while paddling out to go under/through a wave in order to avoid being swept in
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Tsunami
A giant and deadly wave
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Wahine
A term for a female surfer
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Balsa
A lightweight, porous wood used to make early surfboards
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Buoy
Anchored markers that float and often transmit wave information
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Curl
The curl of a wave after it breaks
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Moku
After Duke Kanahanamoku, early 20th century Olympian who helped popularize the sport early on
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Miki
After Miki Dora, the king of Malibu in the 50s and 60s
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Dora
After Miki Dora, who infused surfing with a rebel attitude
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Gidget
After Kathy Kohner, aka "Gidget", the small-statured surfer
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Hurley
A well-loved surf gear brand

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