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LEVEL SIX - THE NEXT STEP

As performance in the critical areas of the wave grows, it is critical that a surfers takes a ‘walk before running’ approach to higher risk areas of the wave.

with a sound technical foundation, a surfer can begin to combine manoeuvres and add variations to their existing arsenal to maximise a wave from start to finish.


FOREhand roundhouse cutback

The core purpose of the roundhouse cutback is to return a surfer back to the power part of the wave. When done correctly, it can become a very valuable manoeuvre as it can become a ‘major’ turn in a what is a flat part of a wave. It is also a critical linking manoeuvre, potentially setting up the remainder of the ride with speed.

The Roundhouse Cutback put simply is the combination of key foundation manoeuvres, the forehand cutback and the Backhand Re Entry (the rebound).

The Roundhouse cutbacK HAS Four Key Components.


The SET Up
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  • Moderate to high entry speed.

  • Create space from the whitewater / pocket to allow room to complete the full cutback and rebound.

  • A shallow, mid face bottom turn enables the above elements of the set up.

The cutback (see FOREhand CUTBACK IN Level 4)

  • Compression (invisible chair).

  • Arms in a ‘T-Shape’.

  • HOLD.

HOLDING the compression and t shape is key to the cutback element of the forehand roundhouse, doing so gives the surfer the speed and centred control to best position them for the next phase.

as the cutback progresses, the surfer needs to begin to look towards the target location of the rebound.

The Transition (SEe Backhand Bottom turn in level 3)

  • Eyes focused on the target location of rebound.

  • Front arm leaves ‘t-Shape’, raises and lifts towards the target.

  • legs extend and begin the drive up the wave face.

Rebound (SEe Backhand Re entry in level 5)

  • target to get front 1/3 of nose above lip line.

  • Front arm focus, first raising to the target point before leading the rotation of the shoulders, chest and hips.

  • head turns to base of wave.

  • Finish the rebound in a chest over knee position.

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KEYWORDS FOR SUCCESS:

  • mid face bottom turn - shallow entry for maximum speed.

  • Hold - through the cutback and transition, holding the compression and t-shape are key for maintaining speed throughout.

  • Look where you want to go - emphasis on a high rebound.

  • Chest over knee - on exit.

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FOREhand lip line Re entry

The Lip line re entry serves two key purposes; as a critical down the line connecting turn, or as a finishing manoeuvre on a steep and often challenging end section.

The goal for a Lip Line Re Entry ride across the throwing Lip, subsequently projecting ahead of the breaking LIP and infont of the wave’s explosion of whitewater.

the Forehand Lip Line re-Entry requires a shallow mid face Bottom turn, Approaching the lip with the Nose Of the Board connecting with the lip laterally rather than vertically. * 10 O’Clock for Natural footers, 2 O’Clock for Goofy Footers.

On connection with the lip, the head turns to look to the destination of the turn, leading a squaring of the Shoulders to face towards the beach.

It is key that the rear arm drives through the turn In the direction of travel, rather than dropping behind the body in a layback style position.

For maximum success this manOeuvrE should be landed with the nose of the board facing towards the beach with a particular focus to compress at the knees to absorb the landing in a chest over knee position.

Performing a Lip Line Re-Entry tends to be a very intimidating manoeuvre, it is best to start on smaller waves and sections.

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KEYWORDS FOR SUCCESS:

  • Shallow Bottom turn - to ensure lateral approach to lip line.

  • Look to landing.

  • Rear arm - drives in direction of travel.

  • COMPRESS on LANDING – Weight centred over stringer and front knee.

  • CHEST OVER KNEE - to absorb impact and be best positioned to ride out through explosion of whitewater.

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BACKhand lip line Re entry

The Lip line re entry serves two key purposes; as a critical down the line connecting turn, or as a finishing manoeuvre on a steep and often challenging end section.

The goal for a Lip Line Re Entry ride across the throwing Lip, subsequently projecting ahead of the breaking LIP and infont of the wave’s explosion of whitewater.

the backhand Lip Line re-Entry requires a shallow mid face Bottom turn, Approaching the lip with the Nose Of the Board connecting with the lip laterally rather than vertically. * 10 O’Clock for Natural footers, 2 O’Clock for Goofy Footers.

On connection with the lip, the head turns to look to the destination of the compLetion, with the front arm leading a squaring of the Shoulders to face towards the beach.

For maximum success this manOeuvrE should be landed with the nose of the board facing towards the beach with a particular focus to compress at the knees to absorb the landing in a chest over knee position.

Performing a Lip Line Re-Entry tends to be a very intimidating manoeuvre particularly on the backhand, it is best to start on smaller waves and sections.

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KEYWORDS FOR SUCCESS:

  • Shallow Bottom turn - to ensure lateral approach to lip line.

  • Look to landing.

  • COMPRESS on LANDING - Weight centred over stringer and front knee.

  • CHEST OVER KNEE - with the nose pointing towards the beach.

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