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Switch feet instead of backhand

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Created by normster 2 months ago, 13 Sep 2017
normster
71 posts
13 Sep 2017 10:36AM
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does anyone switch feet instead of going backhand - I'm not strong on backhand and feel that it would be less of a challenge to get proficient at new stance rather than improving backhand technique ?
Anyone doing it ?

peguin
WA, 178 posts
13 Sep 2017 10:45AM
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start skateboarding and learn to drop that shoulder. quickest way to learn backside. skateparks are usually empty during daytime. find a short cruiser style board with big soft wheels for easily flow and smoothness. avoid the small hard wheel trick boards the kids use.

worrier
WA, 712 posts
13 Sep 2017 12:31PM
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yep been doin it the last 6 months or so. Find its way more fun.

normster
71 posts
13 Sep 2017 12:57PM
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What about legrope ? Just put it on the side that you will use most each surf. ?

exiled
106 posts
13 Sep 2017 2:31PM
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normster said..
What about legrope ? Just put it on the side that you will use most each surf. ?


Get a waist leash.

Piros
QLD, 4822 posts
13 Sep 2017 5:06PM
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That's a really good question , I've been kiting now for 1.5 years and ride switch on twintips ,surfboards & foils no worries but struggle on a Sup. Probably because I haven't put the time in because I feel like a kook but it is rare you see guys ride a Sup switch. Re the leggie I have mates that put it on the front foot because of dud knees and doesn't seem to worry them.

surfinJ
353 posts
13 Sep 2017 3:30PM
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I think the skill would be powerful on a sup as you could always be set up optimally for the late and steep takeoffs.

The sup crowd has various roots and those coming from the kite/wind surf backgrounds probably are more apt to be so gifted as you've done this before.

Those like myself coming from a lifelong prone background, it's a bridge too far. Switchfoot is rare among surfers and is hard to pickup later. Kinda like writing with both hands.
And the funny thing is, a good backside attack gives another feeling which I'm hooked on by now.

colas
2209 posts
13 Sep 2017 5:08PM
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surfinJ said..
And the funny thing is, a good backside attack gives another feeling which I'm hooked on by now.


Same for me.

I actually tried switchfooting on SUP when I started, it felt natural because of my years windsurfing where the wind/waves orientation dictates your stance, but I think kind of I missed the variety brought by backside surfing.

hilly
WA, 3983 posts
13 Sep 2017 5:58PM
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Due to living in WA I have learned to love backhand

Wipeouts are worse, harder to get barrelled, harder to get vertical. But when you get it right it is a great feeling. Would love to move to the east coast and get more rights.

One thing is easier and that is lining up the wave paddling into them as you can see the wave the whole time as you turn

LastSupper
37 posts
13 Sep 2017 7:38PM
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Doesn't matter ! Its surfin !! Ya have to go both ways !!!

boundeast
121 posts
14 Sep 2017 3:24AM
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i am regular footed--if i am facing sets and paddling in to a left (my backhand), turning clockwise, i always paddle in goofy (paddling in on left side of board)--sometimes i switch back to reg as i drop---sometime i ride the wave goofy for a bit, then switch back to reg, especially if the wave looks rippable--and once in a while i ride the whole wave goofy--just seems i can power the paddle in better goofy, when paddling on the left side of my board

even for rights, if i am turning clockwise, paddling on the left side of my board i drop goofy

i just started doing this and found it works well--came easy given fakies i used to skate in pools and pipes 40+ years ago

and to switch a couple of times on the wave is a nice style touch

never thought to try when regular surfing, as hands paddle on both sides of the board

tha dogman
NSW, 2906 posts
14 Sep 2017 9:47AM
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Ill throw a spanner into this one

why not switch stance so you only go backhand?????

backhanding stuff is the best

disclaimer: i cant get any drive off the bottom while riding switch foot'd backhand ...But can do an ok'ish wiggle or 2 forehand switch foot'd

colas
2209 posts
14 Sep 2017 2:47PM
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tha dogman said..
why not switch stance so you only go backhand?????


... and finless, of course!

Redfezz
NSW, 68 posts
14 Sep 2017 8:00PM
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Larry Bertleman was the king of switch footing ,I always remember a old clip of him taking off backhand on a 8 to 10ft hollow wave getting to the pit and switch footing to get deep inside .
Absolutely one of the best.



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