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.

Surf Girl - - Instagram - words CORINNE EVANS

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.

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