It's true, though. On the right coast, in summer, haul out the plank. Because the actual act of wave catching is the key to the ignition. Use the right equipment, practice angled takeoffs instead of the big swoop down the face where you outrun the wave & it 'dies' on you... (it didn't die on you, you're just out of position & too far off the shoulder), stay high on the wave whatever size it is & you've put yourself in the position to try some manoeuvers (sp).
I'd just say one other thing: if you aren't crashing & burning on waves, then you're not trying anything to improve. Not a criticism at all; just the nature of any sport.
Sounds like you're really on track to become a skilled surfer. And then? You can test drive for the gnome.
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Aug 21, 2013, 02:02 AM #11
Last edited by yankee; Aug 21, 2013 at 02:04 AM. Reason: couldn't resist the gnome thing
If you want to get better - you need to spend more time riding waves. But you know that
Watching videos can help and if you are so inclined this book is worthwhile
It is one thing to know what to do - it is another thing to get your body to do it -
On the subject of fins, they are fairly individual FCS has some good templates depending on how much you weigh. I think you have a 5 fin option - I like quads - the Stretch template in procore construction works good for me
Last edited by JTS; Aug 21, 2013 at 02:25 AM.
Aug 21, 2013, 03:18 AM #13
I think a lot of the advice given so far is spot on. I would also say if you want to get the most out of a wave as in longest ride then make sure your turns/hacks/gouges/Etc move you back to the sweet spot in the wave where the power keeps pushing you. If you mean getting the most out of the wave as in most powerful turns you can do then well I guess same thing would apply, stay in the pocket, build speed and bury the rail. Course typing that is a lot easier than actually doing it as my surfing will attest. Plus the cane swells that are coming (I'm an eternal optimist now) will help.
Aug 21, 2013, 12:38 PM #14
pay attention to your upper body. where are your shoulders in a turn? how about your trailing arm? head? These are important things in big turns.
Aug 21, 2013, 12:46 PM #15
Aug 21, 2013, 02:58 PM #16
Aug 21, 2013, 03:18 PM #17
Now all i need is an orange jump suit and white space helmet to do some test driving for my little gnome buddy
Aug 21, 2013, 03:25 PM #18
Aug 21, 2013, 03:25 PM #19
bottom turn is a speed killer on anything under head high.
Aug 21, 2013, 03:31 PM #20