Steep Drops

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  1. cjl123

    cjl123 New Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    Today in NY the waves were well overhead and steep, and i had a bit of trouble getting in and making the drop(partly because i was on a 5'10 and should have been on a step up). What are some tips to not go over the falls constantly.
  2. Wave Maven

    Wave Maven Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2012
    You can still get into overhead waves on a 5'10". Kelly surfs Pipe on a 4'6". Just slide your body a little farther back on the board during the takeoff. Also, wear a condom underneath your suite.

  3. Panhandler

    Panhandler Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2015
    one tip is to do a intro thread
  4. cjl123

    cjl123 New Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    My old account wasn't letting me log in. Im not new
  5. Panhandler

    Panhandler Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2015
    I am, so welcomme back
  6. Notaseal

    Notaseal Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2015
    Have to really want that wave, total commitment, hypothesis is that cold water had something to do with it ?
  7. Notaseal

    Notaseal Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2015
    And possibly a heavy wetsuit, weighing ya down
  8. LazyE

    LazyE Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2014
    agree with total commitment. Weight forward. Front foot stomp.
  9. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Go left or right and not straight to the beach.. stay low and go fast! always put the closest foot forward do proper sand reconne and have your leash knot inspected for proper tying technique. all this should get you goin in no time.
  10. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    You just gotta go...

    And practice...

    ... And on the job training

    These things will help you make the steep drops.

    Oh ya, close outs can be a hindrance and make you lose sense of your judgement
  11. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Wax the bottom of your board to go faster and avoid possible closeouts, broken leashes,and long swimmes back to the beach. And also waxxe the bottom of your feet for extra grippe during hairball late takeoffs. Especially the tips of your toes. That and pretty much what everyone else just said. I would write it down on your board so you don't forget next time you try to paddle in to a death pit, oh and don't forget hand positioning. Take them off your **** and back on the board during takeoff. Very important.
  12. Valhallalla

    Valhallalla Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    I advice you to use the closest foot and that is a great idea and I like that all the time.
  13. Notaseal

    Notaseal Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2015
    There have been times on late take offs that I've had that going over the fall feeling and just didn't care. So I stand and to my amazement, I make the drops more often than not. Try that and good luck
  14. LazyE

    LazyE Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2014
    there are NO CLOSE OUTS you just need to surf faster!!!!!
  15. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    learn to surf, moron
  16. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    gotta pop up earlier so ur not popping up in the lip where u have no cchance making It down the face.try to think like water,it worked for bruce lee.the waves were great in ny yesterday I need to do a road trip up there
  17. kidde rocque

    kidde rocque Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    ...or you could just start boddy bourding. Just sayin'
  18. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Yea... what Cep ced. You gotta get to your feet under the lip. If it's steep and breaking fast down the line, pop up at an angle and set you rail under the lip. You're kinda not bottom turning if the wave is breaking down the line too fast. If it's just steep, and not fast, you're gonna do the same thing, but keep your bort square under your body. You'll get that second of freefall, but if you're over your bort, you'll hit the bottom, compress, and crank the bottom turn to project down the line.
  19. NICAfiend

    NICAfiend Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2012
    Maybe on the bigger, glassier day ride a board that has a little more curve to it or a board that allows you to get in earlier like a old school twin fin. Also, an extra paddle (stroke) can help too. It can take a lot of practice.
  20. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    The right board will amaze you. Once you find it and have trust in your thrust, then you can throw your self over the ledge and like it was said earlier, somehow you make the drop. The rest is up to you. Oh, by the way, I got pummelled today on outside OH + pier sets with 15- 20 mph sideshores. I need a bigger step up (7' x 19" x 2.75" maybe narrow squash tail) like I used to have. The 6'6" x 20.5" x 2.66" Orion swallowtail was squirrely on the drops. I wish I never got rid of my old thick CI BBS(or whatever it was called). Baby come back!!
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2016