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Turning "Hard" on a surfboard

Easy vs. Hard.   Weak vs. Strong.   You can pedal a bicycle relaxed and Easy down the street OR hurried and Strong on the race course.   So what if you want to "progress" from relaxed surfing to Hard Core ripping ?  

Well first you need to know  basic physics rules of turning a surfboard:

1) Your back foot should be over the fin(s).

2) Your board needs to transition from flat bottom to edge of the rail.

3) Front arm should lead thru the turn.  

 

To tranfer all that power to the fin / rail,  your bodyline has to be strong and inline with the deck of the board.

 

Front arm leading thru the turn, but also inline with the deck.

Back arm ( the power ) comes around and twists the torso.

 

That is the WHAT or the HOW,   But to turn a surfboard hard,  you also have to know WHEN to push hard and WHERE to do it at.  

 

Good surfers use the whole wave,   Right to Left, Top to Bottom.  He comes hard off the top AFTER coming hard off the bottom.  He goes across the face Right and cuts back ( comes back ) going Left.  

 

Rider sees the section standing up in front of him, and does a check snap turn.  Notice he's still eyeing the section down the line.  Like playing Chess, he sets up his current move all the while thinking several moves ahead.  

 

You can try to turn where you want, but the wave might NOT agree to it.  Listen to the beat of wave,  move/dance with it.  Good surfers look for corners on the wave to turn off of.   Don't turn too high, too early, too much on the shoulder, too much under the lip. Too tight or too wide.  Speed, Power and Flow means big spray.

 

Pushing too hard, too early, in the wrong part of the wave, could have bad consequence.  Rider's back foot is not on the pad over the fins.  He is on both heels only.  Body is not in line with the deck.  

 

That ends up in the rider getting bucked off (  or an incredible hacking layback )

 

Down, Up and Around.   Closing radius turn.  Starts wide and tightens the angle thru the turn.  

 

It doesn't take a big wave to do a hard turn.   Good technique,  good rail work,  good angles and lines, ( and speed ) equal to a nice strong turn with a lot of spray.  

 

Go back and look at the angle of the boards in the wave.  Go back and look at the form of the riders body and position of their feet and arms.    Does your turns match ?  

 

Please check out Hope Cheng on FB to see more.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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