The backside re-entry is a fairly basic move, but it requires excellent timing
and body positioning to be completed effectively.
Start your bottom turn with a
good amount of speed toward the steepest part of the wave where the lip is just
about to break. Once you've started the bottom turn, fully commit to it, and
drive through it to gain momentum and to get completely vertical.
should be focused on the lip you are about to hit, and you should have your
shoulders rotated so your upper body is facing the lip. Rotating your shoulders
will allow you to get as vertical as possible. Your knees should be bent with
most of the pressure on your back foot. Proceed straight up the wave until your
board hits the breaking lip. Now you need to change directions so your momentum
does not carry you off the top of the wave.
When about one third of your board
is above the lip turn your leading shoulder down back towards the beach.
This will cause your lower body and your board to follow your upper body and rotate
toward the beach. You should be leaning over your front foot with a low center
of gravity while extending your back leg. The back leg extension will push your
tail out the back of the wave, adding spray and style to the move, and it may
cause your tail to slide so be ready. At this point you will be facing back
down toward your landing place, and you may get stuck in the falling lip while
you're re-entering the wave. Stay low and centered over your front foot until the
wave pulls you back in. Once you feel your momentum going down the wave switch
your weight from your front foot to your back foot in order to stop yourself
from nose diving. Absorb the landing with your knees and continue to ride
To make this maneuver more challenging you can extend your board
further above the lip, and you can try to go over vertical on the way up.
backside re-entry is a move that is great for steep point breaks because they
are easy to do over and over again plus they never get boring.
- Commit to your bottom turn once it's started.
- Rotate your lead shoulder toward the beach when the nose of your board is above the lip.
- Extend your back leg, and stay low.
- Push on your back leg so you don't nose dive.