I'm goofy foot and widely prefer backside turns. Not that I don't like frontside, but back is my natural instinct from snowboarding goofy also. I know I've got to make a point if getting just as many front turns in so I can be able to mix it up with different moves once I progress to getting back up the wave vertical.
Good question. Was wondering the same of others and looking forward to the responses.
Bigger (head +), hollow waves: Doesn't matter
Big, steep long lines not really barreling: Backside, I tend to generate a little more speed
Smaller (chest to head) barrels: Frontside, I can get more compact and stick more late drops. Plus it's usually really shallow if it's smaller and barreling and going over the handlebars getting clipped in the head in a backside barrel is a good way to get a neck injury--much more dangerous than frontside in those conditions because you're essentially going head first and head-over-heels
Smaller long lines not really barreling: Doesn't matter
Really small (< waist): Fishing
Last edited by Erock; May 20, 2013 at 01:47 PM.
Its easier for me to get barrelled backside, but if its small and mushy (usually is here) frontside for sure.
wow, easier to get barreled backside??? im shocked. its the exact opposite for me. i feel i have much more control and can get as tight and small as i need to in order to fit in a frontside barrel. i get way deeper and can pull in way easier going frontside.
but to answer the question.
i feel like im pretty much even when it comes to frontside and backside for most waves, with a couple exceptions. like i said above, when its barrelling i prefer a frontside wave. and when it starts getting 8'+ i feel more comfortable going frontside, but wont hold back from going backside either.
im amazed at how many of my friends wont even take a backside wave. they grew up only going frontside and now any trip we go on, the question is always, "what is the right to left ratio". haha. sucks for them
definitely frontside for me. i feel as though i'm able to get more vertical power backside, which is great if you've got a wall that's just lining up perfectly. otherwise, i feel like i don't carry my speed through turns as well & bog easier. but my technique is far & away better on my forehand. i also feel like i'm able to thread through tight spaces better on my forehand.
it's definitely a technique issue & i'm sure i could correct it if i just spent more time surfing rights (i'm a goofy as well), but i always favor my forehand in peaky beachbreaks. that said, i'm not going to pass on a right just b/c it's a right. waves are waves, afterall.