Engage in.. Are you referring to basically conversation that would take place amongst surfers after hearing of a tropical swell on the way?
If this is the case, I think the universal word "stoked" would come to mind. Now if this was discussion among surfers I think that the first things to look for would be excitement, and then begin the process of how to plan for the best possible surfing conditions. Meaning, I would get on the horn with a surfing buddy, ask him if he has checked the forecast models for the swell, what are the winds looking like, also the tides, for areas that are supposed to see the swell and where we should go to, to possibly get the cleanest and least crowded areas. The main areas of communication would be discussing the direction and angle of the swell, then looking at the winds around a large area of breaks to see which break will have the best winds and tides for that swell.. Lastly bring into account crowd as a factor. " Hmmm, now I wonder where we should go with this 7ft at 14 sec. SE long period ground swell expected to peak at mid to rising high tide on Monday Sept 13 , predicted with NE winds at 10 knots for most of the south east coast and would be uncrowded?" That is where research and local knowledge comes in. So basically meteorology, geography and a bit of oceanography enter the discussion to score a good session. Hope this helps..
when i say communicative responses i mean just that.
what drives a surfer to spend money, time, and effort for a 2 second barrel and possible death especially during hurricane season. and why is the sport/art of surfing taken to such extremes. example: you wouldn't drive 8 hours to play basketball for a weekend when you can simply play on your home court. but, you would drive 8 hours to surf at the lighthouse where you might catch 3 good waves in a weekend.
this is not a science based research project it is an ethnography