Everyone must have gone to the beach at some point in their life. The sun and the water and the sand all together make up the perfect mix of relaxation and fun.
Yes, all those ladies in their bikini and the gentlemen in their trunks are cool, but nothing beats the surfers that effortlessly ride those huge waves. Let us all be honest here. How cool is that?
While the beach really is made for swimming, we cannot deny the fact that surfing makes angry waves much more exciting. Watching those men do twists and turns above the waves, you tell yourself, “I can do that too.” That is called a cutback.
It looks easy, but it sounds complicated. To be honest, it really is a bit complicated when you try it for the first time or a few more times after the first, but nothing beats anyone who has dedication and enthusiasm. So yes, you can do that too.
A cutback is an important move during your surf because it places you back to the steepest part of the wave, and undeniably the most thrilling part too. Using your rails, it is performed by changing your direction with a turn in order for you to go back to the curl, or the breaking apart of the wave.
This will draw a figure which resembles the number “8” on the surface of the wave and commonly ends with a bounce-back in the water.
That is easy enough to remember. While it is nice that we know the terminologies, these definitions will be nothing if we do not know how to do the activity itself.
Before the steps, it is worth noting that different waves give rise to different necessities. Small, weak waves require cutbacks done quickly and tightly so that you will maintain your speed.
The waves that are both powerful as well clean will actually give rise to turns that are wide as well as smooth. This is also a powerful turn. With enough practice and sufficient knowledge, these steps in doing cutbacks and roundhouse cutbacks will come easily as you ride those rushing waves. Here are types of cutbacks that you might want to explore.
The Forehand Cutback
To start with the forehand cutback, the surfer has to build his speed. It is important that the surfer generates his speed to keep him from stalling on the shoulder.
There is a bottom turn which is somewhat shallow. This then grants a little angle to your shoulder while making a decompression.
You will undergo a decompression when going down, and then it is being transferred to a back foot. This enables him to help him begin a pivot going back to the curl.
This also helps the surfer engage the fins. Then, to assist him in opening his chest and shoulders back towards the breaking part of the wave, the surfer positions his left hand so that it leans towards the wave. The position of the surfer is actually something that is being dug in the body.
Turning the upper body towards the curl aids in changing direction.
Following the upper body, the hips and lower body of the surfer should then also shift toward the pocket. While nearing the white water, he should already turn his head back to the shoulder.
Then, the surfer should twist his shoulders and chest back towards the shoulder as the board begins to hit the white water. As the surfer applies more weight to his toes, the board will also follow. To absorb the shock when hitting the water, he should also bend his knees appropriately.
This “bouncing back” into the white water is also known as the roundhouse cutback. A move is just a voluntary act, and there is always a choice between turning your back and doing the opposite. This bounce helps regain momentum towards the shoulder, nevertheless.
After doing the procedure, the surfer will currently be in the pocket where the wave shall be expected to be steep.
Another one is the Backside Cutback
The backside cutback is actually easy to do because the surfer faces the curl when turning towards the power source. To begin, the surfer should decompress going up the face. It is an essential task to gain speed.
Similarly, he should shift the pressure on the back foot over the fins while lowering his hand to the wave and turning his head back towards the curl.
After that, the surfer should turn his arms and shoulders. This will be followed by his hips and legs. The next step is to hold the rail all the way back to the power source. The backside cutback may seem very familiar. It is actually because it uses the same techniques as the previous one.
Knowing these steps surely are important. Confidently you might want to walk on the beach with your board bit hold on a moment there. Those mentioned processes will help you with the most portion of the surf, but some other tips might also come in handy.
The first is to stay low. You can use your hand as a pivot point by dropping it to the wave. Just imagine yourself standing straight on the surfboard, that would be absurd.
You will easily fall to the water if you do that. Going low keeps your balance and makes you more stable for you to enjoy the rest of your surfing.
Also, with the appropriate wave, practicing can become easier. Try starting with clean, predictable waves. Everyone starts with the basics. Smaller waves are very convenient and will not make most hearts pumping hard.
You can, of course, try to be a daredevil, no one could keep you from doing that, but if you want to go slow and steady, no one is going to judge. We all have our own pace and take pride in that.
To perform an impressive-looking turn that is not just smooth but is also powerful, hold your rail at all points in time through the turn. Well, this is just an additional tip, but this will certainly make you seem a lot more professional-looking in front of those newbies that you want to impress.
Selecting the best-fitting section will also help. Go further on the shoulder before going back to the curl to give you more time to finish a rotation. To prevent stalling on the face of the wave, performing cutbacks on more angular parts of the wave may help. Try different locations that make you most comfortable and practice.
Generate your speed properly. Speed helps cutbacks be done more easily. Going too slow will not work well for you. Going too fast will absolutely make you run out of energy. The key is to gain your speed wisely so that when you are already on top of the wave, you will have some energy left to appreciate the scene and to appreciate your own effort.
Although having your back foot at the traction pad is good, placing your feet completely at the back of the traction pad gives you the best position. Having your foot placed too far up will make you awkward.
Thus, you cannot properly have a proper rotation as you turn back to the power source using the fins.
Your feet are your foundation, so improper placing will most likely put the waves on top of you rather than you, on top of the waves. To make it short, put your foot further back on the tail pad. Just do it.
Maybe you might call it common sense, but it is really important to look where you are going. It is easy to get carried away by the feeling, but try to remember that focus is an important thing that everyone must learn, not just in riding the waves.
Always look where you are going so you will not fall and you will never fail.
Keep your balance. While not compromising your form, visualizer yourself as a straight line standing up the board. Too much tilt to the front, and you will fall. Too much to the back and the same will also happen. Keep your balance and you will go far.
Lastly, keep calm and surf. Do not overthink and let the waves carry you to happiness. We want to surf because we want to enjoy life. Do not think that you might fall. You might fall. Just do not think about it. When you do fall, the gentle arms of the sea will embrace you anyway.
With all those in mind, all you need now is a board and some waves. Do not stress yourself with your body shape because you are already adorable as you are. So, grab that board and face those waves like a gorgeously tanned warrior!