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Surfing is undeniably one of the most awesome things to do in the waters. As appealing as it is, it also gives the rider an escape from the troubles at hand.
Riding the board soothes the mind, the body, and the soul. It would have been an easy task if you were to go in a straight line, but that leads us to the moral lesson here, that life is not easy and so is riding that board.
Every now and then you will need to face many twists and turns: from smooth turns to sharp turns. But the biggest question here is, how? Here are some tips for you to do that sharp turn and glide as easily as combing your hair.
As intimidating as it looks, doing sharp turns is not impossible. Nothing is impossible. It only requires some practice and more dedication, then it could be done. And it could be done beautifully. Faster than you expected, you will be doing those turns will almost no effort.
Put Your Feet on The Proper Position
Probably the most common question in learning the basics of surfing is whether which foot should be given more weight, the front foot or the back foot? That is actually a good question because the key to staying on the board is balance.
A wrong shift in weight will throw you off balance which will lead to a loud frustration. The answer to the question is that more weight should be placed to the back foot. It grants the surfer more mobility while maintaining balance.
Placing your weight on the back foot enables you to have more control of the board. Your back foot will serve as you controlling part as you ride your board.
You will have more capacity to maneuver the board to go to different directions from left, to right, or sharp left, to sharp right, so give special attention to the foot behind you.
Placing your weight on your front foot will most likely make you stumble. It makes you unstable and awkward.
Make Sure to Remember That as You Ride Your Board.
There are, however, some maneuvers that would require you to place more weight on your front foot. But as a general rule, most stances require more weight on the back foot for better balance.
While it might be true that we ride our board to pump our heart just a little bit more from the excitement, staying calm is the key to maintaining balance.
Relaxing your body enables you to do quicker actions and react fast during unexpected turn of events. Panicking will definitely not help and will most likely throw you away from the board.
Keep in mind that mounting the board is quite similar to riding a bike. As much as possible, avoid being too tense and avoid being too excited as well. Maintain balance between excitement and relaxation so that you can pull of those tight curves. Just stay cool and you will do well.
Do Not Turn with Your Feet
Things do not work like that. To perform a proper turn, you will do well to lean towards your center of gravity so that there will be pressure on the toe side of your board.
Also, use your hips to subtly assist on your turn. With that said, a proper turn mostly uses the hips to control motion and a little bit less of the feet.
This will most likely be confusing as of now, but you will get the hang of it as you practice and as you do it yourself.
Try to Sit Down
Maybe you are used to turning the board most usually with your body upright with your upper body doing most of the work. Or at least, that is what you know as of the present. Maybe you actually used your feet and ankles before making a turn.
Staying upright really is convenient and makes you more responsive but during some instances, it is more advisable to do other stances as well.
To cite an example, as you get faster and faster, staying upright and using just your feet will most likely be not enough. When you just use your feet, you will find it difficult to look for your center of gravity, so most probably you will not make that turn successful and you will only end up falling.
Luckily, we can do something about that. For the most part, you will be slightly hanging off the center of the board, so you can take advantage of the situation and use that force to push you on to the board.
Simply use a heelside turn, and as you turn more sharply harder, bend your legs so you look like you are going to sit down. Your legs will look like it is on a ninety-degree angle. Also, use your arms to keep your balance. Don’t keep them hanging.
As you do this, try to transfer your weight to your front foot so that you will not wobble. When you are through with that sharp turn, just stand back up the way that you would naturally do it.
This takes practice, just like many other stances, but when you get used to it, this will give you more options for different situations that the usual standing up position may not be applicable.
Grab the Rail
Most probably if you have not done it yet, grabbing the rail looks like it is a very simple thing to do. Just go down and grab the rail, right? We’ll not really.
There are many other things to consider like which part to hold on to, which hand to use, and what to do with the other hand. Here are some ways to do it.
Many consider grabbing the rail as one of the most important skills of the sport. There are many ways to do it but here are some to give you an idea.
First, we have a heelside turn. You do it by grabbing the edge of the board between your legs.
This technique, however, is relatively less safe than the others. Rather than facing a little bit to the front as it should actually be when you go a certain direction, it makes you rotate downward and in to the side. This way you get into a pre-rotation.
This makes your lean twist into an unusual appearance, onto both of your feet rather than to just your front foot. With that you will likely end up sliding out or having your turn quite wobbly.
To deal with that, grab over your back leg and as you try to bent down to make your turn, take your arm and wrap it around your side and then grab the rail of your board.
With that, you will avoid having an improper form like you would have done previously. It makes your entire body lean to the front side when you transfer most of your weight to the front. This prevents you from having all those wobbly corners.
As already mentioned before, this is much more difficult than other techniques. Always remember to take caution because your safety is much more important than any other maneuver ever invented by man.
Admittedly, that is a more advanced technique. There is also what we like to call, toeside rail.
The toeside rail is a simpler technique that you might want to try. To begin with, try going to a tuck stance.
If you are not familiar with how it is done, you do it by going down as if you are going to kneel before a king of when you propose to your beloved. However, your back knee does not touch the ground.
This is the starting point of many other slide stances as well as many rail grabs. This is also giving you less air resistance and gives you more speed because it is very aerodynamic.
After you do the tuck stance, try to reach down and grab on to the rail which is on the opposite side of the direction which you want to turn. After that, pull. While doing this, keep your other hand above the ground. This maneuver is ideal for extremely tight turns.
Just be careful and keep presence of mind because this move will propel you to the side at a speed that is much faster and much harder than usual. Remember to be careful as you do the pull. If you want to practice, try pulling a little bit less at first, then pull harder as you think is necessary.
So, there you have it. These are some tips to help you out with those sharp turns. Always keep in mind that no technique is easy at first.
Riding the board requires practice and experience, as well as a lot of enthusiasm. When you do those sharp turns yourself, just try to be modest and do not brag about it.