The meaning of surfing's stoke

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What does it mean to be or get stoked? Why do surfers feel so stoked all the time? Discover the origins of the most spoken word in post-heat interviews.

In Old English, the word "stoc" meant a "place." That is why you can often find the word "stoke" in the name of cities and villages - Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke Newington, Stoke Bishop, etc.

As time went by, the word gave birth to new similar meanings, including a "meeting place," a "place of worship," or even a "dairy farm."

The word evolved and became a verb. If you google its meaning, you'll discover that the most common form is used to "add fuel" and "encourage or incite."

However, in the 21st century, "stoke" is probably one of the most popular entries in the urban dictionary. And, somehow, it seems that the new approach is a blend of all the previous meanings.

I'm Stoked!

So, when you hear an action sports enthusiast saying, "I'm stoked!" it means he/she is excited, euphoric, thrilled, ecstatic, exhilarated, pleased, delighted, exultant, happy, and overjoyed.

According to surf historians, the expression became fashionable in California in the 1950s. A bit like the shaka, the "stoke" is strongly linked with surfers and wave riders.

As a result, the stoke levels in surfing are always high. You just need to ride a wave, big or small, and then let the classic surf slang out - "So stoked, dude!"

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