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Broceanography is a portmanteau word combining "bro" (brother) and "oceanography". It refers to the knowledge involved in predicting exactly when and where to surf on a given stretch of coast.[1] It is an interdisciplinary field of study, drawing on meteorological, oceanographic and geographical information, to ensure that ideal surf conditions are never missed. One who practices broceanography is referred to as a "broceanographer".

The playful application of the "bro" affix to a word originated in Southern California, where a cliquish group of surfers decided to affirm their membership of surf culture by retro-fitting existing language with "bro-fixes". The practice does not appear to have spread beyond the United States.

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  1. Broisms A complete dictionary of Broisms from Transworld Surf editors.