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Offline sir_schadenfreude

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Problems with my backside
« on: January 27, 2006, 01:40:16 PM »
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  • So, I'm a goofyfoot, and everywhere I've ever surfed regularly has been left-leaning.  As a result, my backside technique is years behind my frontside.  I seem to have either 1 of 2 problems:

    1:  take off too straight and end up too far out in front of the wave to have any speed off the bottom turn.  I usually run out of steam and get stuck spazzing behind the section.
    2:  Take off too angled and end up going too slow and get taken out by the lip. 

    One guy told me to look over my right shoulder on takeoff to help get into a better position which helped a lot.

    Overall the problem is generating speed on the heelside, esp. on bottom turns.  Any suggestions?

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    Re: Problems with my backside
    « Reply #1 on: January 27, 2006, 01:52:48 PM »
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  • i surfed a right-hander for 18mos straight.. no lefts..  helped my backhand immensely.. but alas, i fall back into old habits..  anyway, try experimenting with foot placement and really using your arms..  as i'm always preaching, look where you want to go..  after surfing backside for a long time, the one skill that i took away that really made a difference was coming out of a big bottom turn with speed...  beware rail grabbing.. just learn how to bounce out of the bottom with speed...

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    Re: Problems with my backside
    « Reply #2 on: January 27, 2006, 02:31:10 PM »
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  • sounds like you need to stall alittle, i would try and exagirate your bottom turn as much a posible as to alloe the wave to catch up. then try and do a big turn and you should be all good, i too am goofy foot and surf mostly lefts, i tend to over compinsate when going backside which makes for either big sweeping turns or coming to high and going over the back.

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    Re: Problems with my backside
    « Reply #3 on: January 27, 2006, 02:31:43 PM »
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  • so why beware rail grabbing if it works?

    style reasons?

    curious, because I SUCK at backside too, and grabbing the rail sometime the only way I can get in on a fast right.


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    Re: Problems with my backside
    « Reply #4 on: January 27, 2006, 02:45:50 PM »
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  • This helped me quite a bit.

    http://surfline.com/community/whoknows/whoknows.cfm?id=1117

    I find that I have to visualize the performance of a maneuver or even a sequence of manuevers in my mind quite a bit when not actually surfing to alter they way I do it. Even do the "dance" in my living room to get used to things like lifting my inside shoulder {backside} on bottom turns and "squaring" my body to the wave. I watch certain surf videos that have good examples of what I am trying to improve. I agree with LN about the importance of the bottom turn, but here {LI} I often find myself doing the drop slightly angled and cranking it into the pocket middle to low on the face. A habit I have picked up from surfing a lot of closey East Coast mush that extends into when the waves actually have some push but aren't over shoulder to head high. It's pretty easy for me to get left behind if I run out onto the flats too far on the drop if I'm taking off deep. Of course this could just be because I'm still working on coming out of that big bottom turn with speed.....kind of inconsistent with that, but working on it.    

    « Last Edit: January 27, 2006, 05:46:42 PM by Looseness »
    It's no better to be safe than sorry....

    Offline Sandshark

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    Re: Problems with my backside
    « Reply #5 on: January 27, 2006, 08:27:29 PM »
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  • sometimes i get a zit on my backside which is NOT attractive.

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    Re: Problems with my backside
    « Reply #6 on: January 27, 2006, 10:42:57 PM »
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  • sometimes i get a zit on my backside which is NOT attractive.

    yea i have that problem as well....in fact I have one right now, want to pop it for me!  ;)

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    Re: Problems with my backside
    « Reply #7 on: January 27, 2006, 11:22:53 PM »
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  • sometimes i get a zit on my backside which is NOT attractive.

    Well now, that put a stop to any potentially inappropriate thoughts I may have had about you.
    It's no better to be safe than sorry....