Beginner advice to carve instead of skipping sideways.

Discussion in 'Global Bodyboarding Talk' started by BigSherm, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. BigSherm

    BigSherm Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2015
    You got that right, Spicoli!

    I've been in the water every chance I've had the last couple weeks, up and down Ventura, and seen surf up to near double overhead at times.

    I seem to reliably be going down the line of the wave when I angle the take off, but if don't angle it, a hard-carving bottom turn back to high up on the wave is something I'm still working on.

    What a freaking rush!

    The great waves have brought out the good surfers, and I've been the only bodyboarder out there every time, though. I've been respectful to them, and they have to me. We need more of us out there!

    Thanks for all the help!
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2016
  2. JawnDoeski

    JawnDoeski Well-Known Member

    Aug 11, 2014
    Ah the anti bodyboarding sentiment of the dreamy left side

    Man I bet 70% of San Diego owns a surfboard and a 3/2

    It's the California lifestylezzz bruh

    Well keep the stoke up Big Sherm ever smoke one of those

  3. BigSherm

    BigSherm Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2015
    I've been drug tested for the last 25 years of my life.
  4. BigSherm

    BigSherm Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2015
    I think I'm figuring out this carving thing.
    Scooping and carving are great advice and it's probably frustrating for those who gave that advice, but I just couldn't figure that sh*t out for a while.

    Now I believe it's like this:

    To track straight and build speed, get my torso all the way up on the board. If I start sliding out instead of tracking straight, move my torso over more to the rail that's coming around to the front and it'll straighten out.

    Small and shallow turns are easy by just leaning the board.

    To carve a cutback or bottom turn, slide my board out in front of me more with the nose more up in the air, and dig the rear of that rail in while holding the board more out front.

    Especially cutting back, I gotta keep the nose of the board out of the water when turning hard to avoid catching the downhill rail and tumbling.

    If I keep most of my weight on the hand and forearm that are on holding the board, rather than just laying my fat ass in one spot, it makes it easier to slide my torso around side-side and front-rear, but especially to the inside rear to do a hard turn.

    Today I was actually able to cut back a few times to bring me back from out past the shoulder, back into the bowl of the wave to pick up speed again and continue the ride when it would've been over before.

    That was a great feeling.

    So, thanks everyone for all the help!
    And for those who just replied to be a-holes, well, go piss up a rope.

    Last edited: Feb 16, 2016
  5. sixfootride

    sixfootride Member

    Aug 3, 2016
    I don't think you will skip if you practice riding and stalling feeling what its like with more weight focused on bottom of your board and knees and fins creating drag. I don't ride the nose unless getting ready to hit the lip to release for an air. If you like bodysurf the wave holding on to your board kinda away from your body aimed at beach; your torso acts like a fin for a surfboard. You want the weight on back corner during carves/slashes. I cant teach. The tourists always ask me" how do you go sideways"... I just say "drag your hand!"