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Turning Your Board

Lesson 8 Chapter 2

Making your way through the white water you are ready to turn your around so you can now catch waves. The biggest thing here is that you need to avoid turning your board across or in front of your body.

What will happen is your board will be picked up by the whitewater and pinned against your body, sending you, under the water with your board above you.

Turning your board around

√ If the board is on your lefthand side - turn the board to the left so that the tail is facing the oncoming wave and the nose is facing the shore (beach)

 Likewise, if the board is on your righthand side - turn the board to the right so that the tail is facing the oncoming wave and the nose is facing the shore (beach)

√ Lift the board by placing both hands on the rails and simply turning around simultaneously
with your board. Keeping your attention towards the oncoming waves

√ Put one hand on top of the fins and the other midway up the deck. Apply pressure on both hands and pivot the board in the water

Common mistakes

Never, ever turn your board in front of you. You'll be surprised how much power even the smallest of waves, can send you and your board, underwater

In order to hold your positioning you have to be steady on your feet. Your feet have to be touching the bottom and maximizing your legs strength to be able to take the power of the oncoming waves whilst maintaining good positioning

Push into the oncoming waves with your body and board. Don't just stand there, and take the hits. You will eventually lose your balance and fall over

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