boof

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Etymology[edit]

Generally attributed to whitewater kayaking afficionados in the eastern United States in the mid- to late-1970s. The term derives from the onomatopoetic sound that a kayak makes when it lands on the water after “ski jumping” the waterfall forming the backwash.

Noun[edit]

boof (plural boofs)

  1. The method by which kayakers “jump” hydraulic backwash, known as holes or hydraulic jumps, in high-gradient mountain rivers. The action is analogous to a skier jumping a cliff.

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