Re-entries are a really exciting part of surfing to explore, but there’s a big difference between doing them at an intermediate level and an advanced level. Today I want to finish off our how to surfskate, like a pro series practicing re-entries on sloped surfaces, it’s a little bit more difficult than how we’ve been training on the flat surfaces, so be ready, so so training for re-entries there’s a lot of misconceptions and one of those is that you have to do it in a surf in a in a skate bowl like a skate park bowl.
The reality is, though, in those types of environments waves that are that steep would be barreling really heavily and no one’s doing re-entries on a barreling section. Well, some people might what we’re actually after, if we’re looking to cross over everything into surfing, is a slightly sloped surface like this driveway. Here with a very slight lip, you know like a like a lip that we can actually hit and bust through with the fins or our back wheels, and that, in my opinion, is the safest and also the most effective way to practice. Re-entries okay, so let me show you an example of a slope: that’s potentially too steep actually definitely too steep.
Something like this. This sort of shape wave you’d actually be trying to get barrel so inappropriate over here. You’ve got something a little bit more steep, so this would be really borderline as far as I’m concerned, in terms of uh transfer over to your surfing and also safety as well. Now the other side, we’ve got something that’s kind of in the middle, definitely more intermediate and a lot safer to start with. So you see that we’ve got this nice sort of long open face here, but definitely a slope to work with and then once we actually step into this area here, we’ve got a whole bunch of sort of intermediate to advanced, surf skating slopes to practice re-entries on so it actually looks quite cool. Let’s have a plan here: let’s have a look at the technique behind a re-entry.
This is something I discussed heavily in my intermediate surface roadmap. It’s a big sticking point for most surfers. Previously we focused on drawing out our upper body rotations in top turns, but with a re-entry, we want to rotate faster and for a shorter amount of time simultaneously. We also want to kick out at the lip with our back leg, which creates a rebound effect back down the wave for this initial practice. Routine, just focus on a gentle kick in order to get the feeling for the turn. On the back end. Don’t forget that good bottom turn technique that we’ve discussed before. We want to lift that leading arm in order to create space that we can punch down and across the body into during the maneuver, and, of course the back leg should extend in a kick against the lip. Another really important thing to think about with practicing re-entries is that we can make it even more effective and even more powerful by actually combining two in a row so over here behind us, we’ve got our first driveway. That’s really only got room for one maneuver, whereas this section here I could definitely fit in two re-entries in a row. And what that’s going to do is force me to practice and make effective that re-compression after the maneuvers and that transition from maneuver into bottom turn into the next one. Linking multiple maneuvers together is something my surfers, and I focus on regularly achieving that.
Good flow between turns relies heavily on the timing of your recompression after the maneuver be sure to sink back down low into your lower body straight after the turn. In order to hold on to your speed, this seamless transition between turns is the mark of great surfing and surf skating. All right. So that’s version one of the re-entry where we mainly emphasize that rebound feeling with a slight kick out of the back foot to actually continue down the line. Now our next step is to actually blast through the lip. If you will, this is where we actually move into tail slides, releasing the fins releasing the wheels, which is a much more radical and more advanced version of a re-entry note. This is a little bit more risky than the version we just tried to achieve. This dynamic tail slide we’re going to need to dial up the intensity of the rotation in the upper body and we’re going to intensify the kick at the lip and also we will emphasize the transfer of weight off of the back of the board onto the nose in order to release that tail and don’t forget to work the back end as well, it’s important to keep your movements and your routine. Your flow realistic because we want it to cross over into our surfing no going absolutely crazy here. So, for example, I’m looking at this here’s two sections of the way this first section before re-entries are an exciting part of surfing.
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