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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Daytona beach
    Quote Originally Posted by rmit View Post
    Strengthening your core wouldn't hurt either. That helped me a lot.
    Amen too that. P90x took my surfing to a new level.

  2. #12
    Can't tell from your post, but are you currently able to consistently go down the line, riding the green of the wave? You have to get that down.

    I'm always wary of giving out advice since I feel like I barely know what I'm doing, but maybe some of this will help....

    Angle your take off so you are already headed down the line when you pop up. This is especially true for really small waves since there isn't really time to do a proper bottom turn.

    Unweight yourself to climb up the face.... lifting your arms helps with that. It's almost like you are jumping higher up on the wave.

    If you are going backside, rotate your front shoulder back and point your arm behind you. Follow it with your eyes and hips.

    Wave selection... don't ride closeouts.
    Last edited by brek; Aug 15, 2012 at 08:59 PM.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Ocean County NJ
    To add to some already good tips, lead with your shoulders and everything else will automatically follow. Keep your knees bent and lower body loose. Always look at where you’re heading or want to be heading. Anticipate what the wave may do and apply a maneuver. Believe in yourself and visualize the completion of your maneuver until both feet are no longer on the board and there is no hope of getting them back on. Practice a lot and don't pressure yourself to be insta-Slater. Falling is a good thing despite its lack of coolness. Even for guys that are good, if you’re not eating it at least sometimes you’re not trying hard enough. Without being turdy, ride as many waves as you can in a sesh. Every minute in the water is experience under your belt.

  4. #14
    learn to use your rail more

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy View Post
    Believe it or not those ripsticks are a really good training tool for surfing.

    I agree... my brother has one of those and I can honestly say that messing around with it over the years has really helped me migrate to using a short board - the motion for sharp carves, turns, and even pumping are feels very similar. My brother also has a quaterpipe - really good for learning vertical techniques and snaps using the ripstik (charge the quaterpipe and snapping a sharp carve back down) I find the only difference is you weight your back foot a lot more while surfing while turning (which you don't on the ripstik)

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
    Get a carving skateboard and practice carving whenever you get a chance, do the same with surfing.
    Excellent advice, Erock. Invest in a skateboard and starting mapping out some sweet hills and banks around town. Rmit mentioned "strengthening your core" & skateboarding around town will certainly help. I'll put on a good Sublime track and bomb a nice hill - am I skateboarding or surfing?...for real.


  7. #17
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
    Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
    Keep your eyes on where you are going, not where you have been.
    good advice for life this.

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    long branch
    skate bowl, especially if you're regular footed. going frontside and actually carving on the wall as opposed to just pumping is a lot like carving on a wave

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Bethany Beach
    Skurf some boat wake!

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by WillyM View Post
    Hey all,

    I'd say that I am a novice surfer right now. I can pop up fine, start to do a little carving, but I can't ride down the line and carve the face of the wave yet like I see more intermediate and advanced surfers doing.

    How do I get better at this? (bottom turns, top turns, riding down the line etc.)

    What are the steps to doing the things I listed above?

    Thanks guys, I really appreciate it!

    I know you think this probably doesnt help much right now but just go for it with wreckless abandon man.. As long as your not dropping in on others or putting other surfers in harms way by your flailing apendages, just go for it bro.. Paddle into every wave you can and throw your board and your body all over the place until you get a feel for it.. Its all about speed, take off fast, turn fast, pump fast, never get off the rail.. Just do it like you dont give a ****.. There it is:

    Step 1: Surf like you jsut dont give a **** about falling or smacking your face on the board or looking like an idiot. Who cares what anyone else thinks. Its your style man, and you want it to be your own, not someone elses. Just go for it man, fall all over the damn place. Foot placement and all that other stuff will come with time.