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1680s, probably from earlier suffe (1590s), of uncertain origin. Originally used in reference to the coast of India, hence perhaps of Indic origin. Or perhaps a phonetic respelling of sough, which meant "a rushing sound."
To move or pass through some range of choices, such as television channels: I surfed from your show/ They're surfing the same part of the zeitgeistRelated Terms
[1990s+; fr the ease and rapidity of movement while surfing on waves]