OF A SURF GIRL
TAKEN AT KIRRA, THE SHOT SHOWS LAKEY PULLING INTO AN AWESOME BARREL AT THE ROXY PRO GOLD COAST. WE’VE BROKEN DOWN THIS MANOEUVRE INTO KEY POINTS THAT WILL SHOW HOW LAKEY WENT ON TO WIN.
Name: Lakey Peterson
Age: 23 Nationality: American
1: Comeback Going from strength to strength on the Women’s World Tour, Lakey seemed like an unstoppable force, until a broken ankle forced her to take a break in 2016 and took longer than expected to heel. Making a big comeback, Lakey looked on great form at the first event of the season. Renowned for her powerful, technical surfing, it’s evident to see from this photo why she is one of the best in the world.
2. Commitment You can see the commitment in Lakey’s eyes; she is determined to ride out of this barrel. Using her competitive mind to focus on navigating through the wave, and calling on years of surfing knowledge, she is not letting anything distract her from making the barrel.
3. Balance After dropping into the wave, Lakey set her line and got into position. As you can see Lakey is in a deep squat position – a position that she has to hold throughout the barrel. Keeping nice and low allows Lakey to maintain her balance throughout her tube ride. Strength training and conditioning training have kept Lakey’s legs strong and lean.
4. Positioning Lakey is showcasing a perfect barrel stance: Her front arm placed out in front helps to stabilise and guide her through the wave, with her shoulders directly over her knees, keeping her body central over her surfboard. There are a variety of different ways to stall in the barrel, and no way is right or wrong. Stalling for the tube is a key element to getting barrelled. As you can see, Lakey has opted for the single-hand drag in the face of the wave. She is using her right hand to guide her through the waves and stall her, slowing her down while keeping her position at the correct point in the wave.