How To Turn on a Surfboard (Lesson 3)

Difficulty rating - medium

Turning is something that all surfers continually strive to improve. Whether you're a pro trying to make your forehand snap a little sharper, or a beginner just trying to avoid running someone over in the white water, turning is a surfers eternal quest for perfection. Here we look at basic turning, nothing flash, just a way to steer your board in a different direction and feel more in control.

1. In the standing position with plenty of speed, lean on your back foot to transfer the weight over the fin.

2. Keep leaning back but as you do, either a) lean onto your toes for a forehand turn, or b) lean onto your heels for a backhand turn.

3. Simultaneously, look where you want to turn and twist upper body in direction of the turn,your shoulder should lead.

4. The board will eventually turn (Swell boards don't respond immediately!).

5. Now un-weight from the toes, twist your body back into the original position and lean forward to gain speed again.

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