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get and stay fit for bodyboarding
Stretching is an integral part of performance and health.
A good stretching routine will make body boarding big waves
and enduring long sessions much easier as well as making
landing heavy moves much less painful. Stretching makes it
easier to stay injury free, making for much more water time.
Well first find a comfortable place in your house with a bit
of room like the living room carpet or you bedroom carpet
floor, if you only have a hard floor surfaces, get a few
towels and statically place them on the ground to make the
stretching experience more comfortable.
Now that you have your spot you need to try and schedule a
time of day or night to do your stretches on a regular
basis. If you can get in to a habit of doing they daily you
will be able to get see results much quicker.
Now for the types of stretches that will help.
Try to remember your gym class stretches and incorporate and
yoga type stretches that you may have learned or seen.
Better yet study some diagrams of some proper stretching
techniques from the Internet. Focus on your back and legs as
well as trying to strengthen your stomach with sit-UPS and
If you can spend 30 minutes a day stretching and a few
minutes at the beach before you get it in the water you will
feel the difference.
TIP- Don’t rush the stretches go slowly and hold it to
increase your flexibility.
See what works for you and investigate the proper
perform better for bodyboarding. Part 1.
This is a section provides general information for all
riders who want to improve their skills and love to go big
in the water.
The first step eating right. Here are 5 simple tips to
boosting your performance.
Your body is a machine and you need to give it proper fuel
for it to perform at its peak.
To take your machine to the next level, you should eat the
right foods at the right times.
1. Balance and Variety- i.e. the 4 basic food groUPS, don’t
stick to one type of food mix it up to get different
nutrients and vitamins.
2. Eat small meals before and right after surfing (if you
plan on surfing again) A heavy meal will weigh you down.
Also less food is easier for you body to energize and
recharge it self.
3. Fresh fruit is important they have lots of vitamins and
nutrients and simple sugars, which can be used for energy.
4. Water - your body is 90 % H20 so make sure you are well
hydrated. The more hydrated you are less likely to cramp up.
Fluids also can help you recover faster and are able help
you to surf longer. Lots of water before and after each
session is key. PowerAde and sports drinks are good after
surf as well.
Stay away from too many greasy and fried foods before and
after your sessions. They weight you down and clog things
perform better for Bodyboarding Part 2
This second part revolves around focusing your mind.
The mind is the most powerful tool you have, if you use it
right you can
push yourself to the next level much quicker and easier.
1. Stay positive. This keeps you from getting frustrated and
bummed out, and
helps you stay focused all the time.
2. Think it and then do it. Visualize what you want to
it be a new move, winning a contest or doing a move you know
Keep the image of yourself doing it the right way in your
head and then go
out and do it.
3. Set goals. This helps your mind channel its energy in to
places and keeps you focused on your objectives
4. Believe in yourself and your ability. If you know you can
do something in
your mind then you will be able to do it physically.
travel better and safer.
In the body boarding world we all live in traveling is a
necessary evil to score better waves than you have at your
Yes the memories of traveling and the adventures cannot be
But the long waits at the airport and sore backs from 20
hours flying can’t be easily forgotten either.
Here are a few easy tips to make the traveling experience
more fun more comfortable and safer.
1. Pack lightly, trust me as much as you think you will need
those 15 –shirts, that one pair of crazy pants or leather
jacket you might end up wearing. My advice no matter how
much longer than a week you plan on going pack only for 1
week, that means 7 t-shirts max, a few pairs of board shorts
and jeans, 1 dress shirt and a pair of shoes and slippers
and a jacket for rain and sweater for warmth and you should
be ok. Even if you are going for a 5 week holiday. You can
use jeans and t-shirts pretty much most the places you go
and if you can wear surf shorts every day then your bag
should look very thin. The price of washing you clothes once
week or so is worth every penny.
2. Entertainment-If you read make sure your books are paper
back small and light. If you listen to music I pods or MP3
players are the only way to go, then you can leave your cds
at home and enjoy. If you have a laptop computer, ditch its
caring case and find a nice back that has padded compartment
just for it.
3. If you are going to another country make sure you
passport is in order and the country you are going to does
not require a visa to enter it, a quick phone call or web
search can save you from being denied at the plan or customs
gate. Also make a copy of your passport and keep it
somewhere so that if you lose your passport you can still
get out of the country and you have ID.
4. Make a list of important number you may need to remember
or would be useful while traveling in particular country or
region, your credit card company’s number is very useful if
it gets stolen.
5. When at the plane gate wait till they call for final
boarding call and get on board and try and find a couple
extra seats for yourself, usually you will have assigned
seat for you as back up. Hot and don’t know what to do with
the blanket, roll it up and use it as an extra pillow.
6. Money issues use the atm machines the exchange rate is
much better and no fee to change the money but you will get
a standard atm change but, it is worth not having to carry
around lots of foreign cash at a time.
7. Get you accommodation in order before you go, at least
know where to look for it, or at least have a place for back
up in case you don’t find the one you are looking for.
8. Car rides, bring a pillow for long trips, the airplane
pillow works, as does your towel as long as it is clean and
dry. And again if you can just bring a board and board bag
or back pack with your stuff do it. The car will not be as
packed if every one has less stuff and the ride will go much
better. Bring your I pod or mp3 player and the car tuner
accessory for it, as it is worth its weight in gold.
9. Avoiding theft, less stuff make sit look like a less
appealing target. Keep your stuff on the down low, and out
of site in your room, and car or where ever.
10. Find a surf break guide or map for the region you are
going to it will help you if you have no local knowledge
with you. That goes for regular guidebooks in general too.
Five star luxuries is not necessary but It seems to me the
few little things you do or bring on your trip may cost just
a few dollars more but will amplify the enjoyment level.
And Of course nothing beats sleeping under the stars in your
board bag on the beach waiting for the sun to rise so you
can surf a new spot.
do a GORF
Don’t ask me what GORF stands for, I don’t know but I do
know that this move is a fun alternative when you get bored
of doing ARS’s, or inverts and looks sick from any angle.
As always look down the line for the coming section. With a
GORF the section can be any type as long as you have a
little bit of speed and a lip you should be able to start
practicing this move.
When you approach the lip try to get there a bit before it
throws and as it throws out pop off of the section like you
would for a air, then lift yourself and your board in to the
air in one motion, as this happens you need to point the
nose of your board down and lift you legs in to the air and
pivot in to a forward 360, the more vertical your nose is
pointed to the water the faster the rotation and better this
You should be able to flat and facing the beach and ready to
engaged your rail to do your next move.
The landing can hurt if you do this off a big section and
may knock the wind out of you.
do an Air Hubb
This is move can be seen in the BZ video ONE if you need to
see what I am describing.
This move is very complex and requires mastery of at least
You need to be able to hit the lip
Be able to do a forward spin in the air, and be able to do a
The idea is to hit a lip that will get you high enough to
allow you enough time to get the air you need to be able to
do a spin and then to do a roll out of the spin back on to
The first step is approaching a large air section with
enough speed coming off the bottom that will allow you to be
propelled up in to the air and out far enough to land in the
This is so you can gather as much time as you can to
complete both moves in the air.
After you hit the lip and are vaulted upwards and side wards
in to your air spin. You then need to gauge how high you are
so you can figure out if you have enough time to add in the
roll as you finish you air spin.
As you start to complete your air spin you need to use your
strength to twist your body and board in to a roll. This is
not easy as it goes against your natural flow.
If you get the roll finished you will be able to have an
easy landing as it is like landing a roll. The best way to
practice this move is to practice the rotation of the spin
to roll when you do spins off the lips also when you do air
spins try and get pushed out side wards not just up this
will help give you the momentum to finish your air spin with
do a multiple spin
if you can do a regular spin then you are ready to try this
the key to doing mutiple spins in a row is your momentum .
if you can do first spin with a lot of speed and can keep
that speed going as you get through your first spin then you
can initiate the next rotation with you body by using your
head to turn your body qucikly as you look in to the
direction you want to spin.
if you get your second one around you can do a third one in
the same manner , some times to do a consecutive thrid or
forth spin in a row with out stopping means you have to gain
momentum as you spin and so you are going in to each spin
faster and faster like a top you are generating your own
speed, if this is not working then need to try to use your
fins to help start your next spin if you come out of a
rotation with out much momentum . Use your inside fin to
initiate the spin to get that momentum going use the same
technique as you usually would to complete the spin. this
trick is lots of fun in small waves and when you are just
riding a wally wave with no sections. it can also be good to
do in contests to still look flashy while waiting for some
lips to hit. well enjoy and keep practicing.
do a Reverse Roll
This move was made popular by Kyle Maligro in the
late 90’s it is a fun move to do that is technical yet
To set up this move you approach the lip like you are going
to do an air or air roll.
You as you hit the lip you pop your self in to the air then
you try and pull your self away from the wave as you start
the roll rotation only this time to rotate into a reverse
roll you go the opposite way leading with your outside arm
holding your rail.
It is a bit more mechanical as it is going against the
natural flowing arc of the wave.
You need to use gravity and your strength to quickly
complete the rotation before you land. Land just like you
would a normal roll flat on your board tail first ready to
engage your rail to do your next move. You can do this move
off a steep lip or a bowling section. To get the best
practice do it off of an oncoming section and land in the
white water, which will help to avoid injury.
do a Double Roll
This move was invented by Eppo in the early 90’s and is
quite difficult to do. I have only done them on a few
Do to this move you will need a lot of speed and a nice
You speed to the lip as you were to do an air and as you hit
the lip you need to quickly start your roll as you launch in
the air so by the time you finish you first roll you are
still going up or out in the air.
As you finish your first roll you must continue to pull
yourself into another roll.
You need to keep the rotation going until you have finished
the second roll. You may land hard or on your back but keep
trying. You may just need to do the roll faster or get more
height to complete the second roll. It is tough to do but
you will feel good when you finally nail one.
do a take off roll.
By now you should have the concept of how and when to do a
roll under control.
This month we are going over a really fun move that is great
to do any time. It is great to do in shore break in order to
get a great view in to the barrel.
It also helps you catch waves that you would normally get
hit by the lip when taking off.
You need a barreling wave to do this move on, as a barreling
wave will have a lip that is throwing out.
You need to paddle towards the breaking wave and position
yourself where the lip is about to pitch. Half paddle and
half let the wave suck you up the face. As you get to the
top where the lip is throwing you need to start your roll.
Go over with the lip and roll so you are over your board
ready to land. Try and land inside the barrel if it is a
close out or a short ride. Or of it is a long wave, land as
if you are doing a regular roll and then bottom turn to
start the rest of your ride. It is a lot of fun to do in
shore break or hollow waves with your friends. Be careful as
you will get pounded. Have fun.
do a Through the Lip Roll
This is the third installment in our series on rolls.
The through the lip roll is a great finishing move that can
get you out of some tough situations.
You can do it to punch through a close out or to get out of
a close out barrel, even to just blast a sweet move when a
clean section is hard to find or just finishing off a
combination of moves.
You start by drawing a good bottom turn creating speed and
then looking down the line to see what the wave is doing.
With a through the lip roll you can wait longer to decide if
when you want to do this move, in the mean time it is best
to ride the wave and do what ever you want 360’s, air’s,
rolls, barrels etc.
Then as the wave starts to suck out and the ride seems to be
finishing, look to see where the lip is throwing out.
Once it starts to pitch out you engage your rail to drive
your board towards the lip. Get to the lip where it is
throwing and continue your increase your momentum use the
waves speed as the water rushes up the face then to push
through the top of the lip you use your boards nose with
your arms to punch through the lip then let the lips
momentum take you over and at the same time start your roll.
The best time to do this is right before the lip has hit the
water so when you finish your move you land in the cushion
of white water and do not get stuck in the lips explosion
called the V. Try and land with your board completely under
you. If you do this after a barrel or on close out section
you will land facing the beach. Also you should try and hold
on tight as the bigger the wave the more water moving around
when you do the move. I would not try this move on very
large waves with thick lips, as you would have move chance
to get stuck in the lip and get worked. As always practice
on small waves first to get the feel of it and then progress
to larger more challenging waves. Enjoy.
do a barrel roll.
Last month we covered the regular roll, so this month we are
going to go over how to do a roll while in the barrel.
This move is more complex yet functional and exciting at the
First you have to have a wave that is barreling.
Once you have engaged your rail and set your line in the
barrel or pocket you need to be looking for a spot on the
lip to start your roll.
To do this you disengage your rail and point the nose of
your board to wards the lip and let your board get sucked up
over the roof of the barrel.
As you come down try to get free of the lip and free fall,
so you do not land in the trench of the barrel, which will
cause you to eat it, instead try and land where it is flat
so you can try and pump back up the wave to get speed.
Hope fully you picked a spot on the wave where the barrel
slowed down or stopped so you will be able to land and then
ride out of the tube or in to the next barrel section.
You can also do this move as you exit the barrel for a more
You do the same move but go for the roll as you come out of
the barrel, as your forward momentum will push you up and
out, you should land back on the wave where you can engage
This can be taken another step and you can do a take off
roll, as it requires the same technique you just need to
paddle towards a barreling wave and let it suck you up the
face and then you start your roll as it pitches. This can be
a great for late take offs. You can even do take off ARS’s
if you want to play around on longer drops.
Good luck and try and practice on sand bars before you go do
this on shallow reefs.
How to do a
There are many different types of rolls you can do on a
body board. You can do a barrel roll, a through the lip
roll, a roll take off, a reverse roll and even a double
roll. Each is different and use�s different techniques. So
this is the first in a five part series on rolls. This month
I am going to walk you through how to do a normal roll. This
maneuver is the building block for many moves so it is
important to master. You need to catch a wave with that has
a wall on it; this will allow you to find a section where a
lip is going to throw. The bigger the wave the bigger the
roll you are going to be able to do. Once you see the lip
you are going to hit, you need to turn up to it in way so
you can get to the lip before it has landed on the wave.
Time it so you get to the lip as it its throwing out, as you
get to the lip release your rail and arch your head to look
back where you are going to land, at the same time you pull
the board and your body over with the direction of the wave.
Make sure the lip pushes you over so you land on the board
slick skin down first. Once you land you need to bottom turn
back on to the wave to your next maneuver. Once you have the
motion down you can try and hit bigger lips on bigger waves
or on bowler sections that will throw you out more and give
you more air. Keep practicing till you get very comfortable
so you can do this move in any wave condition. Hint (it will
help get you through some contest heats, as rolls are scored
higher than most spins). Next month I will go over how to do
a barrel roll.
How to spin
in the barrel.
This is a complex move to pull off, as the two most
important things to look out for are that you have to be
able to spin fast enough not to catch your edge and have the
wave suck you up the face and then over the falls, or have
the lip hit your fins and send you in to the whitewater.
Here�s how to do it.
1. Start drawing your line down the wave face, as you would
normally do when you are trimming.
2. As the waves starts to pitch you want to set up your
3. You can either come off the bottom turn then whip in to a
spin as the wave barrels over you. If you do this way try
and drag your legs a bit on the bottom turn for increased
leverage and control.
4. Another way is if you are driving down the line look for
a spot on the wave where it is slowing down or bowling up
then initiate your spin as fast as you can so you as you
spin around you are not clipped by the falling lip and you
do not get sucked up the face.
5. After the spin reengage your rail and try and get back up
6. If you do either of these moves correctly you should then
find you self-gathering speed in the barrel.
7. Once you have your rail control back and you are gaining
speed look to exit the barrel as you normally would.
8. If you are really ampped on this move then try the third
way as you can also spin out of the barrel.
9. When the barrel is ending and just as you are coming out
start you spin to stay in their a bit longer and then as you
come out of the spin you should be coming out of the barrel
or out of it already.
10. Spinning is a great way to stall for the barrel and
still look flashy, try this on closeouts to get the hang of
the rotation and momentum you need then go on to making it
out of big barrels.
How to stay
amped when the waves suck.
We all have times when the waves just are not providing
any thing fun to ride . No matter what coast you live on. If
you can stay amped to body board during these times with out
being bummed out, you will be surfing just as good when you
the waves return if not surfing better. My first piece of
advice is to watch body boarding videos ,since you can't go
body boarding spend some of the time you would at the beach
getting stoked on watching your favorite riders ripping up
sick waves this will keep you amped and even help you learn
some good techniques and style. Use the slow motion or pause
button to aid you as you watch. Also stay fit by doing some
sort of exercise , swimming is the best but , running on the
sand or any thing that gets your heart pumping will do. This
will keep you in shape so when the next swell arrives you
can surf for hours as you will be fit. Try to get in the
ocean doing some activity ever couple of days such as
fishing, swimming, bodysurfing, long boarding, diving,
skimming ,or sand sliding. Any thing that keeps you in the
ocean is good as it will help you be relaxed and not to get
too depressed or stir-crazy. This way you can stay positive
and be excited to body board when the waves get better. Also
try and get as much stuff done as possible so when the waves
are up again their is nothing keeping them from you. These
are just a few tips that might help you through some rough
times with out waves. Every one is different and will do
what feels right for them .
How to make
it through a contest heat.
These tips mostly apply to the regular four-man 15-20
minute heat. Yet some tips will help you no matter what you
contest format you are in.
relaxed. As tough as it may be in the last few minutes or
when you need a wave badly, you need to stay calm. This way
when you do catch a wave you won�t blow it because you are
panicking or pressured out.
2. Have fun. This will come naturally if you are relaxed and
3. Get a wave as soon as the heat starts. I have seen a lot
of the best body boarders use this tactic and it works if
you get a wave off the start you will be more relaxed the
rest of the heat and be able to work off the nerves and have
fun. This won�t work if you catch a bad wave when a good one
is right behind.
4. Build on your top 2 or 3 waves. (Whatever the criteria
is), this means try and do better than you did on your other
waves other wise it is a waste of time catching the wave.
For example if you have two solid waves with good moves on
them like roll or ARS�s. Don�t catch a wave that does not
look like it will let you do the same or better. If it only
lets you spin to the beach you might have lost out on
priority of a better wave out the back while you catch the
junk one. Use your judgment though as if the seconds are
ticking down and you need one more score take the wave if
you don�t think you will have time to get another one.
5. Get the best waves. Unfortunately most of the time the
person who will make it through the heat is the person that
catches the best wave or waves in the allotted heat time.
You need to position yourself in the area that you think has
the best waves coming in, and go out and try and ride them
well. 6. Mix it up. If you only do forward spins and a roll
on all your waves you won�t be impressing or catching the
judges eye after the first ride. Try and mix it up on each
wave so you can get improved scores on each ride. Throw some
spray; use your rail on a wave. Then use finesse on some
waves busting moves in the critical sections. This
especially helps if your competition is riding the same way
then you can stand out from them. And NO, helicopters and
cockroach smashes will not translate in to high scores
though you will get a few laughs.
7. Bust big and land it. When you go for the big moves you
will get the big scores if you can land it. Don�t hold back
just give it your all. If a perfect section for an ARS or
invert comes your way. Go big. The judges will reward you
for taking the risk on a big move.
8. Be aware of what�s going on in the heat. Be aware of how
much time you have and make sure you get your necessary wave
counts before the horn sounds. Know where your competitors
are. So you don�t get called for an interference of any
kind. A loss of a scoring wave is a sure way to lose a heat.
Remember every one surfs contest differently and has their
own mind set and ideas about what works and what does not.
These are just a few basic tips. The most important thing is
that you have confidence in your ability and learn to
formulate your own strategies, while having fun.
How to get
Many aspiring body boarders wonder the same question.
How can I get sponsored and become a Pro? Well if you are
one of these body boarder�s here is some general helpful
information to start you on your path. Most body boarders
who want to be sponsored feel that they are talented enough.
But what really makes them worthy to be given discounted or
free product and even $ by a company. You need to prove to
the company you can help 1.increase company sales,
2. Gain exposure for the company,
3. Create more brand or name recognition,
4. Help with product development.
If you can do these four things on any level you are worthy
of some sort of sponsorship. What level of sponsorship you
receive depends on how successful you are at these four
Lets start with #4. Helping with product development- this
is an easy one for riders who love their gear �(boards,
fin�s, leashes, tethers, rash guards, wetsuits, etc). First,
You need to be aware what other people like about your
companies product and why. This is a good reason to let your
friends try out the product once and awhile so you can get
their feed back to test it against your own. Trust me they
will be stoked to try your new stuff. You should also be
able to use your companies products and provide useful feed
back on how it looks, how it feels, what conditions does it
excel in, what conditions does it do poorly in, and more
importantly how can it be made better. If you can a do this
for your sponsor it will effectively creative a better
product in the future and eventually help sell more of them.
Ok now lets look at #3. Creating brand or name recognition-
this takes place every day all the time weather you are
aware of it or not. T-shirts with logos, logo stickers
placed strategically on boards, folders, cars and other
areas that get attention. You need to actively let your
community /surf area / even school or work see your sponsors
logo or product. You do not need to be kooky about it just
help make people aware what the logo stands for and what
type of products it represents.
#2. Gaining exposure for the company. This is where it gets
tricky. To gain exposure for the company you need to be in
the public eye. Which entails being in Photos and interviews
in magazines, newspapers or websites. Entering contests and
doing well so you can attract interest to you and your
sponsors will help. Surfing the best and sometimes most
crowded waves so you can get noticed. Being showcased on
videos and TV are another big way to increase exposure.
Remember while you are getting exposure for your sponsor it
is also benefiting you making you more marketable to other
sponsors. Which could lead to more free stuff or $.
#1. Increasing company sales. For this you need to be smart
you have to be able to have a direct link to your companies
market. Be it at a local surf shop where you work or school
or at the beach. You need to be able to show your friends
and others how good the product from that company is no
matter what it is. You also need to let them know where they
can buy it. Even of you don�t work at a surf shop you can
consistently visit and stop by your local shops making sure
they are carrying your sponsors brand and always promoting
it well .If you can show a company that you are directly
helping them sell their products instead of their
competitors then you will be able to really get something in
return, depending on how much you sell. Being sponsored is
about communication if you can communicate well with a
sponsor and communicate to people to buy the goods you will
succeed. Spending lots of time in the water just talking
with people is a great way to start your communication
skills. These are just a few good suggestions to get you
started but there are other ways to do the things I have
mentioned above. So if you want to stop wondering and start
trying to get sponsored my advice is to go for it. It will
be a rewarding experience with many new people to met on
your journey, and who knows by being in the water doing what
you love you may be able save or even make money at it.
How to do a
forward air spin
This move is when you perform a forward spinner in the
air. It is an advanced move that requires you knowing how to
spin and hit the lip. These moves are real head turners so
when you nail one in front of people expect them to be
stoked. The first thing you need is speed -a good bottom
turn on a bowly wave should give you enough speed to get off
of the lip. Once you have speed, you need to find where the
lip is pitching out. When you see where the lip is throwing
you should turn your board so you are aiming it at the part
of the lip that is just ready to pitch. You need to hit the
lip as it throws out and start your forward spin by pulling
your body up on your board arching your back and crossing
your legs. It helps if you give a bit of a lift or even a
pull of your board off the lip as you release in to the air.
Once in the air use your momentum and gravity to carry your
forward spin around just like you would do when trying a
forward spin on any other part of the wave. As you complete
the spin you should be on your way down to land, so look for
a soft spot. Some times the softest spot is if you can land
back on the wave face then gliding down you initiate another
bottom turn. In this transition you get a good opportunity
to carry your self in to your next move. Other wise if you
really launched high and out in to the flats you can land
really hard which means you have to hold on extra tight so
you don�t lose it and wipe out. Once you have regained your
rail control or come out of the white water look down the
line for your next move or cut out looking like the man of
How to do a
Here is one of the most fundamental but hard-core moves that
you can do in any size waves. The cut back helps regulate
your speed, as well as let you look stylish and powerful as
you ride the wave. A good cut back can set up the rest of
the wave for you, as it slows you down and let�s the wave
form up in front of you to offer you a barrel or a section
to hit or another steep section to do a maneuver on.
Step 1. Take
off as you would on any wave gathering speed as you travel
down the line. If the wave has a nice wall and does not look
like the lip is going to throw out or barrel any time soon,
then you know you have time to initiate the cutback.
Step 2. After
gaining some speed you should drive to near the top of the
wave almost to the lip, Hint -try and aim for just
underneath the lip line.
Step 3. As
you approach the area where you want to do you cutback you
should shift your weight to the bottom corner of your inside
rail and push down on the inside rail with your palm and
pull the corner of your nose down the face of the wave the
more pressure you apply the more spray you should throw, (be
careful if you are going to fast you could easily put to
much pressure and pop the board of the wave face looking
like a kook, I think ever rider has done that at one point
Step 4. As
you aim you board down the face of the wave be careful to
stop your turn when you feel you are satisfied with your
placement on the wave. It is all relative to each wave and
rider, for example- if you are still in a flat spot you can
keep turning all the way till you hit foam behind you or if
a section looks like it is appearing down the line you
should stop your cutback half way and regain speed to hit
the section or to get past it.
Step 5. Once
you have finished your cutback shift your weight back to its
normal placement where ever you feel the most comfortable
and are getting he most speed and control. For advanced
riders try doing a spin after your cut back if you still
have time. Both a cutback to forward spin and a cutback to
reverse spin look cool and help you stall for the next
section while still looking flashy.
How to get
barreled. Part 2
Last month I explained how to get barreled. This month I
will continue with some more helpful hints about how to ride
the barrel. Now, if you take behind the peak and if you are
late to pull in to the barrel, most likely the lip has
already hit the water, then that is called back dooring the
section. This is a critical moment as you enter the barrel
you already are behind the section, which will put you deep
in the barrel. This may sound good but be careful the deeper
you get in to the barrel the more exposed you are to the
barrels shock wave. That�s when the lip hits the water it
sends a miniature wave racing back up the face of the
barrel. You also have to negotiate the trough or trench when
you are deep in the barrel and that is when the barrel
flattens out and the wave stops pushing you along and you
have to rely on the speed you have already to push you along
and make it out.
When a wave
is hollow enough it will spit which means it will force all
the air in the barrel out of the opening in the front. The
spit can be a great boost of speed when if it powerful
enough, as it can end up pushing you along faster in the
barrel. The best way to practice riding the barrel is to
pull in to hollow close outs and try and ride as long as you
can. This process should help you see what works for you to
hold and edge and push through the shock wave and trenches
while in the barrel. It is a trial and error experience and
the more you get barreled the more chance you have of making
it out of one. After that you will just be trying to stay in
the barrel as long as possible. Enjoy the process, as it is
a lot of fun, just make sure you don�t hit the bottom too
How to get
barreled. Part 1
Getting tubed is the essence of body boarding, as body
boarders are able to get barreled far more easily in all
conditions than surfers. We can pull in higher and tighter
in smaller surf and have an easier time m getting in and out
of big thick-lipped ledgey mutant pits. And the best part is
we can stay in the barrel longer Riding in the barrel is one
of the most critical parts of the wave to ride and one of
the most pure feelings you will enjoy in the water. The
first step to getting barreled is finding the where the
wave�s lip is throwing out and placing your self underneath
it the lip as it throws out over you. It helps to have speed
if you want to make it out of the tube. And if you want to
stay in the barrel longer you need to slow down inside of
it, you can do this by either lifting up on the nose of your
board or by dragging your legs in the wave. Be careful if
you stall too much you will get sucked back in to the barrel
and eat it. As you take off on the wave look down the line
and see if the waves lip is going to pitch out or if it is
going to crumble. If the lip is crumbly do not try to get in
barrel as there is no barrel and you will just end up having
the wave mush on you. If it is look s like it is going to
pitch out try and time your ride so you end up underneath
the lip as it throws out as you do this make sure your rail
is well engaged to the face as you want to keep your speed
and not slide out as the wave barrels over you. If the wave
is a close out then it will be a mostly short intense ride
with a wipe out at the end. Though if the wave is makeable
you will have to determine if you need to stall in the
barrel as discussed earlier or if you need to keep your
speed so you can make it out. You can get more speed in the
barrel by reducing the drag in the water to do this get up
higher on the nose of your board this will help you keep you
momentum and hopefully make it out off the barrel. More
barrel tips and hints coming next month.
How to find
and maximize your speed
Speed is a crucial necessity for all of bodyboardings high
performance moves. The best and easiest ways to capture
speed on a wave is your bottom turn. A smooth bottom turn at
just the right point on a wave will help slingshot you in to
that perfect section to hit.
1.As you take off on the wave look for any chop back wash or
object that will get in your path and slow you down. Also
look for any side wave, surge or back wash which could help
give you speed.
2.Then drop down the face of the wave and look to turn and
engage your edge a bit past mid way or three forth of the
way down the face, which will initiate your speed track. If
you wait till the bottom of the wave some times you lose
that power pocket. Unless the wave is significantly hollow
or large then you need to make sure you are well locked at
the bottom of the wave.
3.Now that you have finished your bottom turn you need to
gain momentum on your board by moving forward towards the
nose of the board creating your weight mostly on the rail
while pushing down, up or along the wave face. This is
called trimming you will soon hit a point of you maximum
speed, and then you will start to lose speed unless the wave
gets step again in which case you would be riding a long
wave. You will want to optimally do your maneuver during
this time when you have the most speed. Some times their
will be a section to bust on some times not you will have to
make your choice of pulling in to a tube, hitting a lip or
doing a cutback or spin, to wait for the section.
(Hints) Look for step sections on the wave to increase you
speed from section to section. Also bowling hollow sections
help give you speed as you travel up towards the lip as the
water is being forced in that direction as well, so if you
can tap in to the waters speed you can help get that extra
push when tiring to launch or do a move off the lip. Side
waves a backwash will help give you speed if you are able to
harness their power in to your advantage. Paddling hard and
fast helps also to get extra speed as you take off on the
To Do a Reverse Air
1. First pick off a wave that will give you some
speed and has a pitching lip or some sort of section to hit.
2. Then you bottom turn or drive down the line to get your
3. Find the section that has the best looking lip or section
to throw you in to the air.
(I like to look for on coming sections with a lip throwing
off the foam or come off the bottom off a hollow wave and
hit the lip right out of the bowl).
4. As you hit the lip use it’s power to propel you in to the
air and at the same time try and lift you self off the wave
and in to your rotation. Think of grabbing your boards nose
and rail and lifting them up towards you as you hit the lip.
5. Look back and lift your legs while you rotate, just as
you would do on a normal reverse.
6. Then try to keep your legs together as you complete your
7. As you land hold on and engaged your legs so you won’t
slip out or so you can complete your spin in the white
8. Practice doing reverses and reverses off the foam to get
the motion right if the waves aren’t big enough.
to do an Air Roll Spin / ARS
1. Take off on any wave that provides a pitching lip.
2. Travel down the face gaining speed towards the lip of the
3. As you get closer to the lip angle your board upwards in
a angle to hit the lip.
4. As you make contact with your board against the lip you
should feel the wave pushing you out in to the air, if the
lip does not seem to put you in the air you will need to use
your arm strength to pull your board off the lip so you are
free to start your move.
5. As you get pushed out in the air arch your head and back
and start your roll.
6. As you are come out of your roll throw your body in to a
spin towards the face of the wave.
7. As you spin you will either:
a). Land backwards facing the water as the wave did not
have enough power to push you all the way around and you
will have to finish the remainder of the spin as you
normally would do on a wave. Or the other option is
b). That you will have completed the whole spin
in the air and will have to land holding on to your board
tight, then engage your rail and try and get speed for your
8. The more you practice this move the better you will get
at it and soon you will be doing it in one complete motion
and on waves of any size.
wave riding - watch the waves before you go out, check
for dangerous rip currents and where the reef is and other
hazards also where people in the line up are sitting. paddle
out between sets for an easier paddle out. once you get in
the water look around and see where you are and where the
waves are breaking (espeacially the sets) before you get a
wave. make sure you have a leash and fin teathers to keep
your equipment with you (it could save your life). catch the
waves you feel comforable with at first work your way up to
the bigger sets. have fun and learn from each experience it
will help you next time it gets big.
How to do an invert air.
1st. -Make sure you get a wave that is going to give
you some speed the more the better. If the wave has a
wedge in it or has a steep take off or has some
size you will be able to generate speed a lot easier.
2nd. -Drive off the power pocket of the wave to
use what ever speed the wave has. Some time the power pocket
is at the bottom and some times it is at the top. Where
depends on the type of wave. A wedge, or really steep
wave has a power pocket more at the bottom which lets you
drive off your bottom turn towards the lip and
regular waves have the power pockets higher up and you have
to stay high and race towards the lip from there.
3rd. -You are racing towards the lip with all the
speed the wave can give you.
Have to see where the lip is pitching and aim at it.
It helps to hit the lip at the same moment it throws out. To
early and you go flying off the back, to late you get stuck
in the lip and sent to the bottom, but if you hit it just
right you get sent soaring in to the flats like a champ.
4th. -You hit the lip at just the right time
now and throw you body and board off of the lip and in to
5th. -Now is the right time to tweak your board and
body in to a inverted position, this means the bottom
skin of your board should be facing straight up towards the
sky and your head should be looking down to where you intend
6th. -As you land, try and land on the foam if you
can to cushion your landing, or if you get thrown in to the
flats like you want, relax and hold on, flatten out as you
hit the water so the shock is absorbed equally by the whole
Advanced tips - once you have mastered the regular
invert try letting the wave throw your body out at a 180
degree angle as you invert and this will make the move look
even more radical.
Now go out and hit some lips and practice boosting big!