Tofino surfing: Speed on a Backside Wave
by Peter Devries
Getting speed on a backside wave is a little more difficult than getting
speed on a frontside wave, but you follow the same idea. All you have
to remember is to stay high on the wave, and you'll have success
getting all the speed you need to make sections.
Paddle for a backside wave. As you're paddling angle your board
towards the open face and pop to your feet as soon as possible. When
you reach your feet get back to the top of the wave by pumping. Your
back foot should be farther forward than it would be if you were doing
a turn. This will enable you to get on the flat part of your board
therefore making it easier to get speed. Use pressure from your back
foot to turn your board up the wave.
Your front foot should guide you and drive your board up the wave.
This first mini pump is the most important because it will give you
speed for the rest of the wave. When you reach the top of the wave
you can do your first full pump. Put pressure on your the toe side
edge of your front foot, as you bend your knees.
Drive down towards the middle of the wave with as much power as you
can. Watch the wave ahead of you by looking over your leading shoulder,
and stay low with your arms in front of your body pointed down the
line. This will keep your momentum going forward. When you reach
the middle of the wave drive back up to the top by putting pressure
the heel side edge of your front foot. Push hard on your back foot
while lifting your front foot. Your body will extend when you go
up the wave, so try to keep your arms in front of your chest pointed
Watch the place on the wave where you are going and the shape of
the wave down the line. Drive up the wave as hard as you can to get
much speed out of the pump as possible. When you reach the top of
the wave go straight into your next pump to get even more speed. After
pumping through a few sections try banking a hard power turn or boosting
an air to make full use of your speed.
Over time pumping becomes natural and you will learn how to take
one pump and utilize the speed you get for the whole wave. A great
of getting speed on small waves is Taj Burrows‚ section in Untitled.
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