Bruce Irons Textbook
How To Do Backside Combos With Bruce Irons
“Remember that setting up for a big turn is just as, if not more, important than the turn itself. Where else are you gonna get your speed?”
One of my favorite things to do in surfing is to demolish the lip. Unfortunately, not every section has a lip to destroy. In this sequence, you can see how I used the mushy section of the wave to create speed with the use of a set-up turn going right into a backside hit that you can really put all your weight into. The first step of this turn started with a drawn-out bottom turn that placed me in the open-faced part of the wave. Before getting too far away from the critical section, I approached the top of the wave and shifted all my weight to the balls of my feet. It allowed me to place myself right back into the steepest part of the wave.
Using the steepness, I was able to gain speed that makes it possible for me to shift my weight once again, and go right into another bottom turn. Timing is pretty much everything at this point of the turn. Once you’ve committed to the bottom turn, you need to make sure that you’ll be able to get up to the lip in time to throw your tail as the wave breaks and pushes you straight back down. The best way to recover from this turn, as your tail is sliding, is to just ride it out. If you force recovery you’re bound to catch your rail. Remember that setting up for a big turn is just as, if not more important than the turn itself. Where else are you gonna get your speed?