Cruisin’ and Bruisin’


Leather and Leis fill the halls of Cheyenne during the Monday for Homecoming week’s first dress up theme, Surfers vs. Greasers. Beyond these halls, the history of turf wars goes way deeper than swim trunks and switchblades… (as pictured above Left to Right, Top row; Skylar Korkowski, Kim Rosa, Raina Land, Carver Ward, Elora Probyn, Lucy Jarvis, Emma Delich, Rachel Moody, Kim Call. Bottom Row; Lena Bagwell, Karris Kelbel, Zoe Vaughn, Sophia McConnell)

Colton Bellew, Online Editor

  • The word “greaser” originated in the 19th century in the United States as a derogatory label for poor laborers, specifically those of Mexican or Italian descent. The term was later used to refer to mechanics. The fad emerged in the post-World War II era among the motorcycle clubs and gangs of the late 1940s, though it was established by the 1950s.
  • The beach style spiked during the 1950s and 1960s primarily in Hawaii, California and most of Australia. It has impacted music, fashion, literature, film, and youth in pop culture. The number of surfers throughout the world continues to increase as the culture spreads even in today’s society.

Surfer Slang:

Aggro – aggressive surfing/surfer

Akaw! – awesome, cool

Amped – feeling excited, pumped up

Ankle busters – waves that are too small to ride

Backdoor – going inside a tube/barrel, also known as the curl of the wave, from behind its peak

Bailing – Jumping off your board into the water in order to avoid a bad encounter

Barney – a surfer that is not cool, untalented, rookie

Greaser Slang:

Antsville – place full of people

Chicks in skins – women in fur coats

Front burner – important issue

Heels on fire – in a hurry

Long green – Money

Washington – $1.00 bill

Stable of Horses – Parking Lot