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LEVEL FIVE - CRITICAL AREAS

AS confidence in the ‘on face’ fundamentals grow, a surfer TRANSITIONS to performing manoeuvres in more critical, higher risK areas of the wave in and around the lip line.

it is essential that these manoeuvres in the critical areas start small, gradually increasing in risk and amount of board above lip line.



Chest over knee

As the name suggests, chest over knee refers to a recovery position that should be a surfer’s ‘go to’ position in times or uncertainty or on exit of dynamic turns regardless of whether on the forehand or backhand.

The key with the chest over knee, is first for the surfer’s Eyes to look to the landing area, where you want to finish the turn.

as the eyes spot the landing, the surfer then compresses into a low strong position, with their chest centred over the front knee.

To aid in stability, the arms are to spread out and down either side of the front leg.

Holding this low, centred body position will result in a higher manoeuvre success rate, as well as increasing speed and efficiency on exit of turns.

From this held position, the surfer can then quickly transition into a bottom turn, resulting in combination style surfing.

When in doubt, chest over knee your way out.

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Keywords for success:

  • Look to landing

  • COMPRESS - Bend at the knees, not at the hips

  • CHEST OVER front KNEE - strong and centred

  • HOLD - Hold the position into next bottom turn

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FOREHAND RE-ENTRY

THE forehand Re-Entry can be performed in all waves, shapes and sizes.  It is most effective in a steep section of a wave.

The steeper the wave the more vertical the turn can be. The goal with a re-entry of any kind is for the nose of the surfboard to get up above the lip line.

the forehand re-entry aim is to get the front 3rd of the board above the lip line of the wave.

You need to twist your body and turn your head to look where you want to land.  Look to where you want the board to land before impacting the lip line.

You must also Point your front arm to where you want to land the manoeuvre.

To complete the manoeuvre you should compress your body into a chest over knee position, which should have you centred over the surfboard giving you the greatest chance for success.

KEYWORDS FOR SUCCESS:

  • BOTTOM TURN - Ensure a you perform a quality bottom turn that will set up the rest of the manoeuvre

  • LANDING SPOT - Turn your head and look for the landing spot

  • CHEST OVER KNEE - Finish the manoeuvre in the chest over front knee position

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BACKHAND RE-ENTRY

When starting to learn the backhand re-entry aim to get the front 3rd of the board above the lip line of the wave.

Twist your body and turn your head to look where you want the board to land.

Turn your head before impacting the lip line.

To complete the manoeuvre you should compress your body into a chest over knee position, which should have you centred over the surfboard giving you the greatest chance for success.

KEYWORDS FOR SUCCESS:
 

  • BOTTOM TURN - Ensure a you perform a quality bottom turn that will set up the rest of the manoeuvre

  • LANDING SPOT - Turn your head and look for the landing spot

  • CHEST OVER KNEE - Finish the manoeuvre in the chest over front knee position

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