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    How do you ride a HP/short board?

    Hi this is my first time riding a high performance/ short board and i have no idea how to. If some one could help me out itd be much appreciated.


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    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Eastern Long Island
    pump it. pump it good.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Monmouth Beach, NJ
    When you're starting out, make sure you practice placing your back foot over your rail fins, and planting your front foot right where your chest was when you were paddling.... which should be right between your hands when you pop up. Work on nailing your foot placement first, and everything else will be easy to figure out. Once your begin to progress, you'll want to start nudging your back foot back to eek out every drop of performance your board can deliver. But for starters, right over the front fins. That's the most neutral, stable place for your foot when learning.

    Pumping... as mentioned... is critical for hpsb surfing. Gotta keep driving off your fins/back foot to generate speed. After that, you'll be looking to use more rail. Some people say "learn to use your rail first," but I disagree. Hpsbs are about using your thruster or quad fin array first, then your bottom contours and rails.

    But surfing off your back foot alone is not enough... you gotta figure out where on the wave to turn/pump/drive. That takes time in the water... no way to cut corners on that one. Just standing there trimming like you do on a longboard or funboard will not help speed up the learning curve, and isn't why you shortboard to begin with.
    Last edited by LBCrew; Mar 3, 2013 at 06:05 PM.