Laying into a frontside turn is one of the greatest feelings in surfing and a fairly easy way to throw some power into your repertoire. You don’t have to be the Incredible Hulk to chuck spray—you just have to know how to use your body and distribute your weight in the right way. By following these simple steps, you’ll be on your way to powerful frontside gouges in no time.
The key point to laying into a frontside turn is knowing when to shift your weight from the back foot to the front foot.
A. As Keith goes into the turn, he begins the pressure transfer by applying most of his weight to his back foot. As you can see, he appears to be sitting in a chair.
Tip: Be sure to bend your back knee, but keep it solid. This turn is known for causing knee injuries.
B. Here’s where Keith begins the initial shift back to his front foot. You can see that he is now fully reclined in a La-Z-Boy. He’s still pushing hard off his back foot, but he’s about to start leaning toward his front foot.
Tip: Keeping your back arm in the water gives you a good point to pivot from.
C. Now Keith extends his back foot and leans hard on his front foot. Here’s where most of us would bog out and fall, but Keith knows that he needs to keep his momentum going enough to stand him back up.
Now that you know how to lay into a frontside turn—go do it!
How To Make Your Wetsuit Last
Follow these simple rules, and your suit will live a long and fruitful life.
•Rinse your suit with fresh water, and hang it up after every session. If you’re surfing somewhere that has no hose access—bring a jug of water and rinse that thing. Wear your suit in the shower if you want.
•Don’t dry your suit in direct sunlight. The sun is a harsh star that will dehydrate the rubber of the wetty. Dehydrated rubber will crack and leak—would you dry a used condom in the sun and expect it to work for you?
•Don’t yank on the legs and wrists of your suit to get it on. Ripping through the leg of the suit with your heel is very easy, so be careful. Don’t rush it, especially with the modern materials wetsuits are made of these days.
•Don’t use thin metal hangers to hang up your suit. The metal will eventually carve its way through the rubber. Instead, use a plastic hanger with a nice, wide shoulder area.
•Never, ever put your suit in a washer or dryer—if you do, your wetsuit may come and kill you in your sleep.