When the swell struck, the North Shore got gnarly, and the wise ones hit the outer islands where the energy was just as juicy but a bit more organized. "” Surfer Magazine, March 1977
"[She] displays the same love of gnarly fuzztones and shout-it-out-loud choruses that began back in her daze [sic] with local all-girl rockers the Runaways. "” Los Angeles Times, 12 October 1986
Origin of gnarly
- In slang senses, particularly popularized by US surf culture in the 1970s.
- gnarl +"Ž -y.