How generating more speed turns good surfers into great surfers
Understanding how to generate your own speed on a wave is key to progressing from an intermediate to an advanced level of surfing.
Utilizing the ‘power pocket’ on a wave is a skill that is often overlooked and only really exploited by advanced surfers as it can take years to perfect.
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Good surfing is about maximizing the entire wave from top to bottom, driving with your front foot, transitioning your weight, generating drive and accelerating forward.
Traversing between the bottom and the top of the wave (see picture below) close to the power pocket is where you will generate the maximum speed which will, in turn, allow you to make bigger sections and land bigger turns.
Pro tip: Set your line halfway up the face and surf within the power pocket of the wave for the whole duration.
Sometimes different turns or sections will help you gain more speed, for example, a roundhouse cutback (hitting the foam or lip as you come back around) keeps you in the power pocket, maintaining speed the whole time.
Finding the speed pockets in the wave whilst compressing and extending your body will generate even more speed. As move your weight up and down you store that kinetic energy within your knees and your core, which can be released as you approach sections or go for maneuvers.
However, most beginners and intermediate surfers spend a lot of their time in the ‘flats’ (which is at the bottom of the wave), or they turn too sharply and come off the shoulder. You want to avoid any rigid or sudden movements with your body as you’ll bog your rail or stall and subsequently lose your speed or fall off.
Keep your weight transition light, and move your body to the rhythm of the wave (kind of like a dancer who moves to the rhythm of the music 🙂
If you are riding the right board for your weight and ability, you will be able to master this skill quicker and more effectively. You will also be able to read waves better, make bigger sections and notice a significant difference as you will land more of your turns.
If this has helped in any way, or you have any questions please leave a comment below.
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