Things t„ work on:

Check out the list be­low and ro­tate be­tween at­tempt­ing to fo­cus on one at a time to re­fine your skills and per­fect smooth, stylish ma­noeu­vres that make long­board­ing so fun­da­men­tally eye-catch­ing.

Surf Girl - - – Longboarding – - There is a huge com­mu­nity of long­board­ers out there ready to whoop and smile as you glide past – don’t be shy, shine bright, tread light, aim for the nose and take flight!

BOT­TOM TURNS:

This is the cru­cial set up that drives the board into the per­fect po­si­tion­ing needed to bal­ance the board in the pocket – where the green wave is break­ing. With long­board­ing you can take your time to get to your feet, but a swift and smooth pop-up will have a di­rect ef­fect on your bot­tom turn. En­sure your feet go to the cor­rect place to re­spond to the steep­ness of the wave, keep a deep bend and ro­ta­tion through your knees and nav­i­gate by putting weight onto the fin to pivot the board with ease.

TRIM­MING:

Cruis­ing along the face, min­i­mum ef­fort and max­i­mum style is where it’s at. Knock-knees and feet close to­gether is the clas­sic Mal­ibu stance. To trim it’s es­sen­tial to find the sweet spot of the wave, and that is some­thing you mas­ter with waves, time and ded­i­ca­tion. I’ve learnt to step back first, to put the brake on in or­der to slow my board and lock the fin into place – into the pocket – let­ting the wave do the work. If you need to lock-in even more, put weight onto your in­side rail.

If you find you’re loos­ing speed, turn the board up the wave so it can glide down with more mo­men­tum. Alternatively, if you’re head­ing for the shoul­der, where there is less power and peel, cut back and re­po­si­tion closer to the curl.

CROSS STEP­PING:

Be­ing able to bal­ance on one foot while rid­ing the surf­board on a wave is at the root of this move. To get there prac­tise slowly and pre­cisely, lift­ing off one foot then the other. The sooner you get used to mov­ing, the sooner you can en­joy this free­dom – and, if your board is trim­ming along, there is ab­so­lutely no rea­son why you can’t go for it. Us­ing speed shuf­fles may get you a few feet for­ward, but dis­tribut­ing your weight evenly through each bal­anc­ing leg will al­low you to progress, stall the board if needed and con­trol your move­ments to feel the equi­lib­rium, rather than run­ning off the end.

NOSE RID­ING:

The créme de la créme! This is the des­ti­na­tion point for all long­board­ers and re­ally her­alds the source of long­board­ing fun. To de­velop this skill you need to have trained your body to move quickly and del­i­cately, read­ing the parts of the wave that re­ally al­low the board to trim and you to move. It’s a lot about the type of wave too – a long point break will make this eas­ier to learn and you should be aim­ing to keep your board in the up­per third of the wave. Us­ing your cross steps, head for­ward and back, de­ter­min­ing the last pos­si­ble point you can be the fur­thest place for­ward be­fore stack­ing it, then, try­ing to keep the board on the wave, move to the back. Keep play­ing, again and again, and see how far you get. All toes over the nose counts as a hang 10, so no cheat­ing!

KICK­ING OFF:

Com­ing off the end of the wave marks the fin­ish­ing point, the full stop, so it is im­por­tant to keep it look­ing sharp! Bring your weight back to­wards the fin and the in­side rail and try and use your whole body to swing the board off the back of the wave. Grab the board into your hands, lie on your front and quickly straighten it up to pad­dle back out to the peak. If you’ve never thought about what you do to com­plete a wave this will rev­o­lu­tionise your surf­ing, it also looks beau­ti­ful when nailed, so work on it as much as your bot­tom turns.

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