noun - Surf break (also break, shore break) is a permanent obstruction such as a coral reef, rock, shoal, or headland that causes a wave to break, forming a barreling wave or other wave that can be surfed, before it eventually collapses. The topography of the seabed determines the shape of the wave and type of break.
Types of Breaks
- Point break is a place where waves hit a point of land or rocks jutting out from the coastline.
- Beach break is a place where ocean waves break on a sandy seabed.
- Reef break is a place where a wave breaks over a coral reef or a rocky seabed.
- Shore break is a wave that breaks directly on, or very close, to the shore. This happens when the beach is very steep at the shoreline.
- Ocean break is a place offshore from the coastline where ocean waves break at the beach.