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Frontside Bottom Turn - Pete Devries surfing trick tips  


Pete Devries surfing trick tips
PD's Trick Tips       

By Pete Devries

PD's Trick Tips
Backside Roundhouse
Frontside Carving 360
Frontside Snap
Pumping on a Frontside Wave
Frontside Bottom Turn
Frontside Cutback
Frontside Roundhouse
Frontside Floaters
Frontside off the Lip
Frontside Air Reverse
Frontside Air
Speed on a Backside Wave
Backside Bottom Turn
Backside Floaters
Backside Air
Backside Re-entry
Backside Air Reverse
Layback Snap

surfing trick tips from one of Canada's top competitive surfers


Frontside Bottom Turn

Frontside Bottom Turn

The bottom turn is the most important move in surfing. It is used every time you catch a wave, and every time you do a maneuver. Having a solid bottom turn is essential to improving other areas of your surfing.

The first thing you need to do is catch a frontside wave, stand up, and ride down the wave face with all the speed that you can. Ride to the bottom of the wave until you reach the flats, the area in front of the wave with no transition.

Right when you reach the flats start your bottom turn so you don't loose any speed. Bend your knees slightly, and lean on to your toe side edge to initiate the bottom turn. Be careful not to lean too far because you will bury your feet under water, loose all your speed, and fall off your board. Your weight should be evenly distributed between your front foot and your back foot, and you should be focused on the part of the wave where you want your bottom turn to end.

Hold your line, keep your knees bent, and when you come off the flats on to the transition shift most of your weight to your back leg. Push on your back foot in order to gain as much speed as possible while driving up the wave.

To finish off a good bottom turn hit the lip hard, or do a powerful cutback. Once you've completed a maneuver at the top of the wave continue down the line and start your next bottom turn. After some practice your bottom turns will be wired, and you can start leaning into them by putting your trailing hand in the water.

As you can see there isn't that much to a good bottom turn, but attention to detail will give you a little bit of extra speed. This will allow you to make all your maneuvers faster and more radical.

KEYS:

  1. Start your bottom turn as soon as you get to the flats.
  2. Do Not bury your feet under water during the bottom turn.
  3. Carry your speed up the wave by bending your knees, and putting pressure on your back foot.

Peter Devries   I'll be back in a while with another of PD's Trick Tips, and until then I'll be surfing and traveling.

Suggest the next trick or send me some feedback. deepfreezy@hotmail.com

an Interview with Peter Devries
 


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catch a frontside wave

ride down the wave face with all the speed that you can

Bend your knees slightly, and lean on to your toe side edge

weight should be evenly distributed between your front foot and your back foot

focus on the part of the wave where you want your bottom turn to end
video & frame grabs by Jason Picton

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