Trick Tips

How to Land an Air

As you come down for a landing, center your weight over the middle of the board and keep your knees bent. also start letting thes tail lift up so you dont pearl upon landing.

Hint: Widening up the stance a bit before landing will help your success rate. look at your landing–this is crucial. You have to see where on the wave you’re about to land, so you can adjust accordingly. your knees are bent and preparing for touchdown.

Hint: Airs are the cause of countless injuries. Don’t be a victim–bend your knees, and always stretch before you surf.

C. as your board hits the water, be sure to keep most of your weight on your front foot. Otherwise, the tail would dig and you will fall. Knees are always bent.

Hint: Airs look the best when you land on top of the wave. They look ugly when you land in the flats. Aim for the lip on the landing. Here you shifts the weight back and lets the fins catch, ultimately beginning his spin back forward.

How to do an open face turn on a mushy wave


1. The key to this move is generating as much speed as the wave has to offer. When you go into your bottom turn, lengthen it out a little bit. Try to go out toward the shoulder instead of straight up at the lip, because there isn’t really any lip. Hint: Don’t go too far down on your bottom turn–you might lose all your speed trying to get to the top of the wave. 2. Flatten out your board to give it a bigger planing surface. This will help you maintain your speed into the actual turn. Hint: Center your weight over your board and try to be light on your feet.3. Push off your back foot. Keep the tail in the wave–tailslides on mushy waves look stupid. Hint: Don’t dig too hard into your turn on mushy waves. If you do, you’re more likely to bog and fall. 4. Keep your head down and your knees bent. As you feel the axis of the turn ending, start your recovery and transfer your weight back to the center of the board.

How to do carving backside 360 floaters


Step One:
Approach the section like you're going to hit the lip backside. Steps Two And Three:
Make sure to get your board as twelve o' clock as possible. Try to get vertical, because your fins will do the rest of the spinning work for you. Step Four:
After you've got your board as twelve o'clock as possible, shift your weight off the tail so you can spin around. Step Five:
Slide your foot up toward the nose and shift all your weight to the front foot-go with the flow. The biggest thing to remember is that once you've spun about three quarters of the way around, you need to get your weight off the front foot and move it back to its original position. Step Six:
Shift your weight back to the tail so you don't dig your nose, or worse yet, come out of the maneuver in full dooky stance.

Steps Seven And Eight:
Once you've spun around, make sure you put on the "I'm not even trying" face so it looks like you do that stuff all the time. If your buddy's in the way, try to run him over to finish off the wave.

How to do a backside closeout snaps

1. As you approach the section, keep a high line on the wave. When the lip comes at you, bank off the highest corner of the section and redirect yourself until your nose is facing the beach and your body is almost horizontal. This allows the wave to work for you, not against you.

Hint: Don’t push too hard against the wave, or you’ll end up blowing through the section.

2. Here’s where the finesse comes in. After initial contact with the section, begin shifting your weight toward the tail, keeping your fins engaged in the wave.3. Let the nose lift as it naturally wants to do. Also, let the board come up to you by bending your knees.4. During the initial stages of the freefall, keep pressure on the tail and look at your landing.5. Keep your eye on the landing and add steady pressure to your tail.

Hint: Watch for the whitewash coming back up at you–that’s where good timing helps.

6. Try to let the wave guide you to your landing. Landing after the lip has already hit the water is a sure way to break your board or your knees.

Hint: Always, always, always keep your knees bent and loose.

7. Let the rocker of your board ride off of the whitewash, and project your weight toward the beach. Ride away.