2 SURF SKATE SKILLS YOU NEED TO KNOW | Intermediate Manoeuvres #3

Surf skating is one of the greatest ways to improve your surfing on land without having to spend your time waiting and catching waves. The productivity of a session on the concrete can even outmatch an average surfing session in the waves from a progression point of view. In episode, one and two of how to surfskate like a pro, we covered how to get started with the basic fundamentals and we covered how to choose the best surfskate for you. In this episode, we’ll look at intermediate level surf skating to help surfers improve their bottom. Turns and top turns, arguably, the most important techniques in surfing significantly at least 80 of surfers around the world fall into the intermediate category. So if that’s you stick around for some epic training tools which have seen thousands of my students from around the world improve their surfing out of sight. This episode is brought to you by my ultimate surfscape program.

It’s a best-selling course designed to give you a structured strategic blueprint for taking your surfing and surf skating to the next level. You can join over 3500 students in the course at vsurfersroadmap.com the first technique that I want to work on is the bottom turn, because without a good bottom turn or without any bottom turn at all, it’s going to be really hard to do.

Maneuvers in the surf, one of the biggest mistakes I see when it comes to surf skating is that people take a very unrealistic approach or line to different practice. Routines they’ll line up a skating bowl and skate straight into it, perform an unrealistic tail slide and then back it up with a backside turn immediately after it might look cool, but it’s actually completely irrelevant for your surfing and that’s why, in order to learn an effective bottom turn we’re going to start on flat ground using our cone setup. You’ll want the cones about two to three meters apart, depending on how fast you plan on skating, if you’re going to be skating, nice and slow, say you’re a beginner, then you can actually move the cones closer together, because you’re not going to be covering as much distance now importantly, for the bottom turn it’s this second to last cone which we’re going to have off centered about one meter after performing some basic speed flow movements throughout the first cones we’re going to approach this off-centered cone with a slow ease into compression, remember that we need you to compress into the legs.

I don’t want to see you hinging at the hips here reach for the cone, with your trailing arm as if you’re going to grab onto it and pull yourself through. This serves two purposes: it’ll force you to get low and it’ll force a nice fast rotation of the shoulders, as we begin to extend- and that is our next step as we begin to theoretically pull ourselves past the cone, we begin a strong extension, that’s very similar to a jump back across to the next cone, ideally, we want our arms to achieve a nice neutral position here at the top, with the trailing arm out behind you and the leading arm ready to rotate within the maneuver. So the backside bottom turn is a little different and for it we’re going to continue with my shovel analogy that I explained in one of the previous episodes. So what I want you to do is think about adopting the shovel position.

Picking up the dirt here and lifting it not throwing it up to this next cone. Our neutral position here looks like this. We have a high degree of rotational potential down here behind us for us to punch down and across into during the maneuver again that movement is an ease into compression holding the metaphorical shovel you’re digging the dirt at the bottom, around the cone and then lifting that dirt up to the top of the wave compression rotation and a half extension, this now sets us up for the maneuver portion of the routine, and this is where things get exciting. The top turn on the forehand and the backhand are slightly different, so you’ll need to learn the appropriate cues for each. Let’s start off with the forehand, as you arrive at your section, marked by the next cone. You’ll begin to look and point back behind you with the leading arm. This rotation will flow on through the rest of the body, eventually making its way to the feet where the heels will take more weight and begin changing the direction of the surfscape. Importantly, we’re going to rotate smoothly as a too quick movement will result in disconnection from the lower body once you’ve rotated enough, perhaps to the point of looking back at the off-centered cone, you can then begin to recompress into the lower body to maintain speed and to rotate back the other way forward to continue surfing the wave all this should be done with the fundamental principle in mind where you look and point is where you go. The back end, as I mentioned, is a little different okay.

So we’re going to continue with the dirt analogy here, we’re going to scoop up the dirt at the bottom hold on to it as we get to the top of the wave and that’s where we’re going to throw it down and across the body and again scoop up and lift and then a punch down and across the body, compress rotate and partly extend and then punch back down and across the body.

This is the recipe for an excellent backside top turn. Importantly, there is a final extension of the back leg at the end of the maneuver that enables you to throw more spray on a wave and also find a nice final squirt of speed to begin your re-compression into another maneuver learning. These fundamental skills as a surfer is one of the most important steps that you can take towards becoming more advanced, and that’s why I recommend practicing this as much as possible until you’ve got it right now in my ultimate surfscape program, we give you guys slow-mo technique, comparison, videos against which you can compare what you’re doing as you’re doing the exercises, and we give you guys a whole bunch more. We cover common mistakes and you even get pdf downloads to show you what each of these routines can look like, so make sure you check it out at the link in the description below. Thank you so much for joining us for episode, three of how to surfskate.

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