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Tips for 180s on a surfboard?

Postby wadoepotatoe » Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:36 am

Okay I've been attempting 180s on a surfboard while popping off some chop. Now I can swing the board around but it seems as the fins 'catch' once I've rotated the 180 and I fall off the board. Any tips or advice??? Too far back/forward?? Cheers,

-Wade.

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Re: Tips for 180s on a surfboard?

Postby ulx » Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:18 pm

what makes it easier for me:
wide stance, front foot far foreword
trying to land more or less over my front foot
bending my knees a lot for getting the weight down low
Kite high
hope this helps :-)

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Re: Tips for 180s on a surfboard?

Postby Dr Makani » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:26 am

I am doing these turns with my regular surfboard quite often, but it's a bit trickier with a kite-sb. I think three factors playing a role, weight distribution, rocker and fin box.
I think it's simple yet a bit complex to explain. before we get started, let's define: a nose is nose, tail is still the tail, regardless how or in which direction the board is ridden.
A kite-sb has less rocker. After the turn you need to distribute a bit more weight onto the nose section to lift the fins. SB fins are around 5 inch and have a huge steering capacity. I am riding a 'fish' with only 2 fins. So if your board has quad fins, I would suggest that you take off two of them, the outer ones. Yes, your board will fishtail a bit, but is also easier to handle. Once you get the groove, you can put them back on .

So, again, after the turn (or flip), get your weight all the way to the nose. Don't try to edge (not yet), until you know how to distribute your weight.

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Re: Tips for 180s on a surfboard?

Postby wadoepotatoe » Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:06 am

Thanks for the tips guys! I think my weight is too far forward so next time out I'll work on that. Oh and yes the board is a quad and maybe dropping a couple of fins will help. Cheers!!!

-Wade.


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