Hey guys, when I pop up my back foot is an inch or two in front of the kick pad instead of on it. I can feel this limiting my turning ability because my foot isn't over my fins, resulting in half assed turns. Anyone know how to fix this? I know I can move my foot on the kick pad after I pop up, but I'd rather focus on my turns than foot placement.
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Thread: foot placement issue?
Mar 25, 2015, 04:37 AM #1Junior Member
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foot placement issue?
Mar 25, 2015, 05:45 AM #2
Sorry if it sounds like I am preaching at you but I've been there before and it sucks.
Mar 25, 2015, 08:34 AM #3
Free your feet and you turns will follow
Mar 25, 2015, 10:04 AM #4
depending on the size of your board--esp. Tail width--moving your feet around is fine to do...shuffling forward, moving rear foot closer to either rail--Benny has it right!. However, adjusting your pop-up technique--putting your arms further back when pushing up will move your entire body back and cause your feet to lock in place further back.
Mar 25, 2015, 11:34 AM #5
or you could just paddle further back towards the tail pad.
Mar 25, 2015, 01:00 PM #6
I move around alot. Back foot forward for gaining speed and move back to the tailpad for a turn
Mar 25, 2015, 01:18 PM #7
When I teach kids how to surf, I tell them, "back foot stays back" when you pop up. Focus on getting your knee under your chest to plan your front foot, and keeping your back foot back... back leg kind of extended, planting your foot more on the inside of your foot, rather than flat, then rolling it up to flat as you stand up.
On another note, I feel like I put more power into my turns with my back foot over the leading edge of the rail fins, rather than over the rear fin or in the middle of the cluster. For me, it puts more rail in the water, and creates a more powerful turn, as opposed to a tight, snappy or flicky type turn. Both kinds of turns have their place, so don't feel like you need to completely abandon the back-foot-slightly-forward foot placement. Learn to use it purposefully, and make it part of your repertoire.
Mar 25, 2015, 02:04 PM #8
You will know as soon as you drop in. Provided you make the drop and set the rail for your bottom turn, you can move your trailing foot back as soon as you lift your weight to drive to the top. Takes timing.
Mar 25, 2015, 03:08 PM #9
fwiw my back foot moves around quite a bit. it doesn't always stay back on the end. it moves forward a bit to pump and back to the back to turn.
Mar 25, 2015, 03:32 PM #10Senior Member
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I don't like tail pads. I like to move my feet a tad, depending on the conditions, and I feel a tail pad is too predetermined. Also, I like to turn my back heel outward a bit while going backside, it opens your hips and shoulders so you can see the whole wave better.