While we’re in Mexico, I am hoping to do a lot of bottom turns. Here are some tips I thought I’d share on “the most important turn in surfing”.
Step 1: Drop straight down the face. For me, I usually have to tweak my feet a bit because I don’t typically stand up in just the right spot. Instead of having my feet parallel to each other, I usually like to place my front foot kind of diagonally over the stringer, while my back foot is right on my tailpad kicker, perpendicular to my stringer (see the first image in this sequence for a visual).
Step 4: Make your way up the face by eyeing the spot you want to hit and turing your body so your front arm is towards the lip and your back arm is behind your back, winding up for the hit at the top. Putting pressure on your front-foot will give you the drive you need to make it up the face. Putting pressure on your back foot, over your tail, will help you pivot.The next step after the bottom turn is the top turn.
Here are some other thoughts on the subject from friends in the know (mostly :)…
“[picture it like a clock] i try to go 6 o’clock, right toward the beach, then try to head for 12 o’clock. sometimes frontside I proceed this with a little speed pump or 1/2 way up the wave top turn helps, but you really gotta try to flow the speed pump str8 into the bottom turn. for some reason backhand i like to just go str8 for 6 o’clock and head for the beach right on the drop and whip right in to the bottom turn. lots of times when i look over my shoulder and it appears that the lip is 2 steep and that im way to late for the top turn, but most the time i surprise myself and get an exciting b/s hit with a little freefall. hope some of dat makes sense!” ~Dave Dorosko