Surf skating has taken off in the last few years as one of the primary on land training methods for surfers to improve their on-wave performance without the restrictions of waiting for a wave and lucking into the right position to catch it surfers can now practice maneuvers speed, pumping and much more on the unchanging concrete, I’m going to show you guys the best way to take your surfskating from a beginner level, all the way up to an advanced level, with a focus on transferring those skills over to your surfing.
Now, even if you don’t surf, these fundamental techniques are still going to be really important in helping you rip just on the surf skates as well. Over the next few videos we’re going to cover these important elements of the surfskate journey, how to get started with basic balance, skills and speed flow, how to choose the best surfskate and how to take your surf skating and your surfing to the next level, with excellent technical development, this series is brought to you by the ultimate surfskate program, my best-selling online course on surfskating. That’s an in-depth one-stop shop to surfskating and surfing success join the course with over 3 000 students over at thesurfersroadmap.com. Now, I’m going to assume at this point that you have your very own surfskate this one here is a smooth start and it’s my favorite on the market, because it most closely mimics surfing and the movements required in surfing out on the waves now to get started.
Let’s start off with the basics: successful surf skating has everything to do with strong legs, a strong core and a good center of gravity altogether great balance. So this is how I get all of my students ripping within an hour of jumping onto a surfskate for the very first time, there’s a few essential movements we need to look at and they are compression and extension and then rotation all really important elements. So we’re actually going to start off the board, believe it or not we’re going to just stand by it and we’re going to get nice and comfortable and we’re going to put our hands behind our back. Just because at this point we don’t really want to focus on them too much and then we’re just going to get used to compressing, if you look at my lower body here, you can see I’m just going into like a half squat, I’m not going into a full squat and I’m not doing something like a very tiny one. It’s something in the middle and then I’m going to look over my leading shoulder for a natural footer. That’s your left, shoulder for a goofy foot! It’s your right shoulder and I’m actually going to just compress compress and extend with a focus on that jump movement out of the compression and what that does. It allows me to find a good increase in speed and momentum and kinetic potential from there. I get people to bring in that leading arm, so it’s this left arm here for me as a natural foot right arm for a goofy foot and that’s gonna, essentially just move with me at this point. That’s my direction. Okay, this points and leads and tells me and my body where I want to go when I’m surf skating and on a wave as well. So that’s really important as we go down the arm just moves.
Naturally, now I bring in the back arm, which is really important. It reflects our weight distribution. So essentially, this is going to control where my weight is now. You can see, as I’m, going down into compression I’m actually leaning forward a little bit and driving weight into my front leg, and that’s often because when you do that you’re actually going down the wave and you’re trying to accentuate that fall down the wave.
So you can see here I end up doing a little bit of a hula with that back arm and that accurately reflects the weight distribution at the bottom. I go into an even weight distribution in the legs. If you look down here, you can see I’m in that nice strong squat position and then I’m coming out of it, and importantly, my eyes are up now. Once we get this movement happening, surfers are able to jump on the surfskate. You can practice these movements with your board on the grass, then once you’re feeling confident come back to the concrete. Now this is an important one. The take off it can be a little bit tricky. Why? Because we’ve got these funky trucks here and we’ve got a very radical nose, so you can look at this see the nose go real sort of wild when you put weight on it. So essentially you can nose dive if you put your weight too far forward. So what I like to do is to get surfers to put their leading foot just up here behind the trucks and then they’re going to step off with the back foot, really nice and slowly and then they can adjust their feet into their regular surf position. So the legs should feel nice and comfortable as if you’re on a surfboard and that’s when you can start applying all the movements we just talked about now, spend five to ten minutes feeling out the board and take it easy.
Remember we’re dealing with some pretty radical trucks on the surfskate, so you don’t want to rush it once you’re feeling somewhat comfortable, let’s anchor our routine with some cones on the ground or just simply some objects you might have lying around so that we can work on your technique, so we’re going to introduce you guys to the idea of speed flow or speed generation technique and we’re going to use the cones that we’ve laid out here. What I like to do is to get surface moving between them like a slalom. The emphasis, though, is being low on one side of the cones and then high on the other or compressed on one side and extended on the other side. So if I give you a demonstration here, I’m going to take off just before the cones, I’m going to be low on this side high on this side low on this side high on this side, and I’m going to keep going until. I feel nice and confident with that and I can feel like I can actually start to improve and increase my speed along the way, give it a go. So now that you’re feeling comfortable with that, I want you to emphasize and over accentuate the extension as you cross, this middle line think about it almost as if you’re actually jumping from this side of the cones to the other.
Now things are starting to look pretty good, but we can actually accentuate and find better movements here with a sneaky tool I like to use I’ve got my secret tennis balls here and I’m going to put one on the cone now. What this is going to do is actually anchor your rotation in this exercise. So if I give you a little demonstration here, what I’m going to actually do is imagine that that tennis ball and the cone is glued to the ground. Almost like a rock climbing grip and I’m going to with my trailing arm hypothetically grab onto that ball and pull myself through as if I’m using it to actually increase my speed and momentum. This is going to force my shoulders to rotate, and it’s also at that moment that we extend the legs, so we get extension coupled with rotation which helps us change directions with speed here. I’ll show you, okay and up every second cone has a tennis ball, give it a go.
Okay, let’s talk about the backhand now backside. Speed flow is a little different to the forehand, instead of actually plucking the tennis ball and pulling ourselves through. What we’re going to be doing is thinking about shoveling dirt, so any plumbers out there, you guys are going to be sweet, laborers you’re, going to be fine. Essentially what I’m going to encourage you to do is approach. The tennis ball cone like this as if you’re holding a shovel and you’re about to dig some dirt, so you’re actually going to approach it and you’re going to hypothetically dig this dirt from here and then you’re going to throw it and extend with it over onto the other side of the cone so again that movement is a dig and a throw a dig and a throw. You could also think about this as flipping pizzas, picking up the pizza flipping the pizza, picking up the pizza flipping, the pizza, let me show you take off and up see how you go.
I recommend practicing these essential movements for at least a few sessions before trying any sort of maneuvers or sharp turns on your surfskate. And the great thing about speedflow is that it provides a great foundation from which you can progress both on the concrete and on the waves. If you’re still struggling on the surf skates, that’s, okay. There are a lot of common mistakes that I see from my clients when they first jump on the board. So, let’s run through a couple of those now to help you out number one is folding the body. Instead of compressing the body. I see people do this a lot and it drastically hinders their forward momentum and power generation. The compression element should mainly initiate at the knees, not the hips and a simple cue to fix. This is to think about jumping out of your compressions, which means you’ll need to squat instead of hinge. A second mistake that I see is a surfer, placing too much emphasis on the rotational aspect of the surf skating instead of the compression and extension generally, we need to drive a lot of the power in surfing from our lower body. We load into compression and then explode into extension, and this is how we gain speed by using the upper body as the driving force for power. We hinder ourselves significantly as the upper body is not capable of producing enough force to gain speed on a wave, or at least not as well, as the legs can so to fix this again think about loading into your lower body with your movements, it’s this compression that gives us speed and power, and it’s the upper body that provides direction. We cover loads, more common mistakes and give you guys some great technique.
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