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  1. #11
    Is this a real question? lol I ride regular, but going backside seems more natural because you are leaning into the wave. You might need more of a stick. Sounds like you may need to get back to the basics, and get away from that 6.

  2. #12
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    One of the breaks I'm often at (Lincoln Blvd. at Long Beach) seems to me to throw much better lefts than rights for some reason, so I go left (backside) a lot. Sometimes I'll ride Hemlocks, and I find that the bar there, depending on how it is at a given time, splits peaks fairly evenly: I'll go right or left there depending on which I'm in a better position for and which way looks like it has a longer line.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by jtblue18 View Post
    Is this a real question? lol I ride regular, but going backside seems more natural because you are leaning into the wave. You might need more of a stick. Sounds like you may need to get back to the basics, and get away from that 6.
    JTBLUE, I think what your saying would make you the exception. I feel that most people are more comfortable going frontside (facing the wave) rather than backside.

  4. #14
    Don't try to bottom turn on a small left hander (2 - 5 feet). Aim the board as much down the line as possible while you're paddling. Turn your front foot so it's close to parallel on the stringer. This opens up your shoulders to the wave, and you can see where you're going better. Bend your knees and get a low COG. Use your back foot to drive up the face, then lean foward on the front foot to drive down the face.

  5. #15
    if you are constantly looking at the wave while surfing backside, its near impossible to do anything except ride. when i surf lefts (i'm regular) i always concentrate on glancing at the wave then pumping, slashing, spraying, whichever. if you try to keep your eye on the wave you will limit your body movement limiting your ability to increase your momentum. youll be able to surf much better if you make sure you glance then surf. just keep in mind there is more strategy required surfing backside than frontside.

  6. #16
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    Watch surf videos and study the form the pros have.

  7. #17
    like said above the most important thing is vision. you tend to go where you look so force yourself to look over your shoulder. also, some stuff is easier on your backhand like late drops and cutbacks.