for left bashes its all about the bottom turn, the setup is more important than the actual slash. a really vertical hooked bottom turn is gonna lead to a vertical bash. And as for left barrels, drop in deeper than you think you should, still try to stall as much as possible, and once your in there run it out like hell. you'll find that you can get deeper barrels backside, cause your pigdoging. For all of my best left barrels, i didnt think was any way i would make the drop and make the barrel, but trust me, you will surprise yourself.
Last edited by BonerSurfs; Dec 15, 2008 at 12:38 AM.
Going left when you're a regular footed surfer is largely about wave sensitivity, being more aware of your surroundings and being able to sense what's coming next. What makes it seem harder is your restricted field of vision, but when you really think about it, even when you go right you're not looking at the wave right beside you, but rather out in front of you. If you take that approach on the lefts, you'll begin to gain confidence. Look for what's coming next, not what's happening now and then project yourself down the line to the next section.
The fun part of going backside is the extra torque you can apply to bottom turns. And then of course the rebound utilizing your knee bend to absorb the pressure of your cutback.
All this. . . and of course practice- over and over and over. Just don't avoid going backside and you're bound to get better at it.
For the small waves we get (all this barrel talk gives me a chuckle) the key is shoulders. you want to keep your shoulders perpendicular to the wave, not parallel. also, watch your right arm. if that gets behind you it pulls your weight back and slows you down.
Last edited by aka pumpmaster; Dec 15, 2008 at 01:48 PM.