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Speed Transitioning

Lesson 14 Chapter 2

The surfer’s role is to manage their weight up and down their board causing the board to react to the wave. Moving your feet up and down the board and within this, shifting your weight between either side of your feet is an integral part of a surfer’s stance.

In relation to other wave riding crafts and what makes surfing so dynamic is the surfer being able to transition their weight around the board when they are up and riding.

Weight placement

Weight forward = Speed

  • Pushing forward on your front foot, generates more speed

Weight backward = Brakes

  • Pushing your weight on your back foot will slow the board up

Inner rail

  • Putting your weight on the tips of your toes will engage your rail and steer the board towards your forehead side

Outer rail

Putting your weight on the balls of your feet will engage your rail and steer the board towards your backhand side

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