I've tried like a 1000 times to do a 360. I can't even do it in the white water. I get to 180 and then I usually just lose the wave. I'm putting pressure on the front of the board so it doesn't catch, but I can't even seem to get the board to ride going backwards. I basically just wipe out. Or if I'm on the wave, and try a 360...I turn the board right hard and fly off the lip of the wave! I'm completely useless. Could it have something to do with my board? I have no problems riding waves with it, but it's a little heavier than other boards. Would that effect my ability to do a 360. I know to keep my feet out of the water, but my board just doesn't seem to want to spin. Sometimes I just end skidding sideways and can't get around.
This is getting frustrating.
you need to ride high on the board... Get up as high as you can on your board, and when you can distribute your weight more evenly through the board, than it is easier to maneuver.
Easiest way to learn is to ride with good riders and watch them... And, watch videos... Do a slo-motion replay when the riders are doing the maneuvers, and watch how they are positioned on their board.
You'll get it eventually. It takes everyone a while to learn... But, just remember, body position is everything.
get up on your board bt not so much that you flip over. if you are starting out you want to gain speed and get way out infront of any white water bt to the point to where you are still on the wave and gaining speed. you want ot be towrds the bottom of the wave if you are starting out and fling your sekf either way as hard as you can. you can even put your hand in the water to create kind of a brake to spin around.
You have to make sure you are holding the board properly. If you are going left your left hand will be at the front left hand corner of your board. Gain speed, get your body weight a little up on the board, pull your fins out of the water and push with your left hand with your body weight on the front left of your rail with a spining motion. If you are going fast enough this maneuver is cake. Surf the web for this maneuver im sure you can find videos and stuff. But key thing is to watch other surfers. (as said above)
Thanks for all the info. I've always gotten up high on the board and brought my fins out of the water. At least I think so It just seems the board won't spin. Should I pull up my outside rail hard to help spin? I've been watching some video's on youtube and studying. Hopefully, I can try it again soon if we ever actually get any swell.