For most normal human surfers, taking off on your backhand can be a bit of disappointment. You can’t see the lip, timing is tougher, and your heelside rail sitting in the wave doesn’t have nearly the control that your toes can manage. In other words, our backside surfing will always be a couple steps behind the simple joy of facing the wave.
But surfer Matt Wilkinson is not a normal human, and the wild Aussie seems to have a serious backside fetish–and I’m not just talking about his social life. Wilko’s backhand attack is arguably sharper than his forehand, as evidenced by this short and sweet clip from the Mentawai Islands filmed over the 2.5-month break between Fiji and Tahiti events.
For comparison, here is a clip from the same trip where he puts some shine on his forehand at Macaronis.