Definition of surf line in English:

surf line

Pronunciation /ˈsəːf ˌlʌɪn/


  • 1The point at which waves approaching a shore begin to break or form surf; the line of white foamy water produced by this.

  • 2 rare A line attached to a fixed point, such as an anchor, and used to help keep a boat stable and pointing in the desired direction when attempting to approach a beach or other destination through heavy surf.


Mid 19th century. From surf + line.