surfing on the ocean

cattee

New Member
Russian
Dear all!

I've been trying to find any confirmation for the correct variant of the phrase "surfing/sailing on the ocean" or "surfing/sailing in the ocean", but could not find any definite answer. <br>As merriam-webster's dictionary gives it, we must use ON with the sea: sailing or traveling on the sea<br>is it the same with the ocean? and with the word "surfing"?

Thank you in advance!
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    It's not uncommon to hear people say things like "I went surfing in the water off Pismo Beach". So, cattee, I think that using "surfing in the ocean" would be fine. People will understand that you are surfing on top of that water. I wouldn't use "surfing in a wave", however. That would sound strange. I wouldn't be surprised to read or hear that somebody "went sailing in the Pacific Ocean". That phrase would tell me that they were sailing on the water somewhere within the confines of the Pacific Ocean.
     
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