THE FOREHAND CARVE
The forehand carve is my favourite move, the way it looks and feels is exciting and a lot of girls these days are pulling it out of their box of tricks. It’s similar to a cutback but sharper and you tend to throw more spray. The best carves in the business would have to be in my opinion, Joel Parkinson and Steph Gilmore they know how to attack the face of the wave with style and flow. So before you go out for your next surf read this article and watch a bit of footage on the pros and you’ll be throwing carves left right and centre in no time!
1: Make sure you have enough speed coming into your bottom turn to get to the top of the wave.
2: Use your front arm like a steering wheel and direct your board to the top of the wave by pointing your arm upwards. Keep your back arm up at shoulder level.
3. Look to where you want to go and your body will follow.
4. Once your board is in the lip of the wave, you need to bring your front arm around to face the white wash and open up your chest. (Shown in the picture)
5. Bring your head around to look back in the direction you want to go.
6. Start to compress your legs and put most of your weight on your front foot so you can push out the tail of surfboard. ( This will create spray).
7. Stay nice and low and remember wherever you look your body and board will follow.
I love the feeling of pulling off a new move, so give it a go and you’ll be throwing spray in no time! LEFT: Grace in action at the TSB Surf Festival earlier this year | Image compliments of the incredble Daisy Day.