4 FUNDAMENTAL SURF MANEUVERS
Throughout your career as a surfer, you will learn from the simplest movements to the most elaborate maneuvers. However, there are four moves that will be repeated for each wave you catch. Once you get the hang of them, you’ll see how they influence all of your surfing.
Take Off (Puesta en Pie)
The “take off” is your first step in the world of surfing, marking the beginning of your journey on the wave. It consists of standing up on the board. Solid technique allows you to get the most out of the wave, laying the foundation for future maneuvers.
The key is to position the board at the proper angle to the lip and face of the wave. Once you decide on your angle, paddle determinedly and without hesitation.
Maintaining a low center of gravity is essential. Squat down and shift your weight to get into the wave with ease.
Bottom Turn (Giro en la Base)
The “bottomturn” is a turn at the base of the wave, transforming the downward direction into an upward direction to return to the top of the wave.
This movement converts the vertical energy of the fall into horizontal energy when spinning down. This will give you the right speed and direction to keep surfing.
It is the first maneuver after standing up and is repeated throughout the wave. Use it to recover energy or in critical areas.
Top Turn (Giro en la Cima)
The “top turn” occurs at the top of the wave, switching from going up to going down to increase speed. This upturn puts you in position to feel the next wave.
Like the “bottom turn”, there are two types: facing the wave and facing away from it.
The “cutback” joins ups and downs to return to the most energetic part of the wave. In “soft” sections, the 180º turn revitalizes at the bottom of the wall.
A skilled surfer combines these moves on the wave.
In addition, there are other maneuvers such as the floater, the snap, the lay back and the highly desired tube and aerial maneuvers, which we have not yet explored.
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