Tofino Surfschool: Frontside Air
by Peter Devries, Tofino
The Frontside Air is considered a basic maneuver in today's new
school era of surfing, and although, in my opinion, it is the easiest
air to complete, it is still very challenging. Before attempting this
maneuver you should have your cutbacks, floaters, and re-entry's
down, and your surfing should be stylish and solid.
Once you have these manuevers wired catch a wave that is between
two and five feet with some power and wall. You are going to need a
of speed so pump down the line, staying between the middle and the
top of the wave, generating all the speed you can. Look for a section
that is about to close out, and bottom turn from the middle of the
wave toward the section that is just about to break.
Carry as much speed as you can toward the curling lip by bending
your knees and powering through the bottom turn. At this point your
should be focused on the part of the lip where you are planning to
launch off, and your board should be aimed off the lip into the air
above. Now, you just have to carry your momentum off the lip into the
air. Make sure your board is flat on the lip when you take off, and
don't try to go too high at first because you will end up flailing.
To enter into the air you need to drive your momentum off the top of
the wave by pushing off the tail of your board.
When entering the air turn the nose of your board towards the beach
by straightening out your back leg slightly. Pull your knees up to
your chest to stay in control and to stay stylish in the air. Make
sure you are over top of your board, and not leaning back too far.
You can add different variations to the air at this point by doing
double grabs, mute grabs, frontside grabs etc.
Look down in front of you to spot your landing, let go of your grab
(if you chose to do one), and extend your legs slightly so your
knees can absorb the impact. It is best to land in the foam because
is the softest spot. Try to land with your board flat on the wave.
soon as your board hits the water bend your knees, and stay centered
over your front foot. This part can be a little bumpy so stay low
and centered. Ride out of the foam and be stoked because you just
a tricky maneuver.
Frontside airs can be performed in many different ways, but in
my opinion look the best when you use the wave as a ramp to guide
in to the
air, not when you ollie off the wave. Get a video of Taj Burrow,
and study it, because nobody does frontside airs better than
Frontside air tips