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  1. #1
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    Best board for a front footed surfer?

    Hey Guys,

    Does anyone here put a lot of weight on their front foot? I'm a "front footed surfer" so I like riding with my weight forward. I feel it helps me go longer on small waves. However, my boards seem to be oriented for the" back footed surfer." When I go hard on my front foot I lose a lot of my momentum.

    What do y'all think as far as boards?

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    I'm very comfortable on my front foot and when riding short, fat and wide boards in the summer it fits. In the winter I go back to a more traditional board and the transition is always a waste of a couple of good days to get back onto my rear foot. Not sure of what board to recommend other than fish and alternative shapes, wide fat quads etc.

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    Front footed surfer here too....

    I've been riding for my HPSB a 6'2" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" Remix (Channel Islands) for about 3-4 years. Absolutely love the board.

    I'm 5'10" and depending on the season, anywhere between 175 and 195 pounds. The board is a little sluggish when I'm approaching 190lbs and up, and an absolute skate board when I'm in shape.

    Whether you try this board or not, you want something where the wide point is going to be in the front half of the board. The traditional HPSB has the wide point in the back half of the board. That's why I love the Remix, wide point is up front, nose is a hair wider, same with the tail, but its still more of a traditional shortboard versus some of the other boards out there (its a more high performance version of the Fred Rubble, but a little more user friendly than the Proton). If you are putting all the weight on that front foot, and pumping off it, you need the foam up there as well.

    Board has Futures in it. Head high and under I put Blackstix AM1's in it. They give the board a little speed and are very loose. When the surf juices up a little I switch to the WCT. They don't do much for speed generation or lift, but with good waves, you don't need the help. The do keep the board grounded to the wave more, so your not skipping down the face. And the turns are much tighter/smoother, and you come out of them with more drive.

    Hope this helps.

  4. #4
    Sd2, ci mx, flyer....boards with wide point forward of center. what are you into alt, trad. thrusters, etc.?

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    SD2 is my all time favorite.

  6. #6
    displacement hull surfboards cannot be beat if you surf off of your front foot.

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    http://www.redbull.com/us/en/surfing...out-surfboards <-- wisdom from a master shaper, Matt Biolos. particularly, #4:

    "4. I don’t buy into the whole back-foot/front-foot surfer thing. We’re all surfing from the back foot. You’re either a weak back-foot surfer or a strong back-foot surfer. You push hard or you don’t."

    i've also heard it described that you trim & pump off your front foot & turn off your back foot. nobody turns w/ their front foot. i agree 100%.

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    I transition my weight as needed to whichever foot needs it. I don't think about it any more then that.
    I also have no preference on rights or lefts. I skated and snowboarded switch without a second thought and occasionally surf switch on smaller waves. IMO, you should be open to whatever works in the moment, always.

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    i've also heard it described that you trim & pump off your front foot & turn off your back foot. nobody turns w/ their front foot. i agree 100%.
    Lol, that's actually true, hmm have to rethink this.

  10. #10
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    Lightbulb switch foot

    if you are a front foot surfer and choose instead to be a back foot surfer, well, spend
    5 or 10 sessions on a sb single fin. its possible that if one applies what they learn here to
    a standard hpsb it could improve ones' performance.