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LEVEL Five - the green face

ANGLED TAKE OFFS - TRIMMING - CHANGING DIRECTIONS - RISING & FALLING - COMPLETING RIDES

THE GREEN FACE is where the true magic of surfing can be realised. AS a Surfer graduates to the green face, the performance possibilities are opened up to be ready to experience a whole new world of waves, manoeuvres and locations.


ANGLED TAKE OFFS

as a surfer’s leap to feet skills develop, the next iteration of this involves entering waves in the intended direction of travel of the ride, rather than a taking off with the nose pointing directly to the beach.

Angled takeoffs can be performed in reforming or broken waves, but really come into their own on peeling green face Waves. This skill can see a surfer start their ride on the face and stay there for an extended period of time.

The first step to an angled takeoff is to determine which direction the wave is most likely to peel in, then angle the nose of your board in the direction you wish to go when paddling for the wave.

The key to angled take offs is starting with a subtLe adjustment of nose angle in the Desired direction of travel. Too much angle will make it very difficult to generate enough momentum in the direction the swell is travelling and will see you miss the wave.

Once engaged with the ride, leap to feet and and stay in a low crouched position, keeping your eyes looking down the line in the direction of travel.

To maintain this line, your weight needs to shift to your inside rail through your feet rather that upper body.

Forehand (CHEST TO WAVE) - Weight through the toes.

Backhand (BACK TO WAVE) - Weight through heels.

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trimming

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Trimming along the green wave face can be a beautiful feeling and one that allows you to begin travelling at speed along the wave face. It is one of the few “feel good” maneuvers that have stood the test of time since surfing’s inception.

Trimming along the green face can be done on all types of waves and can be done in a crouched position or standing tall.

The trimming skill is done by applying weight mostly over your front foot.

On any given wave depending on the way it is breaking you will be travelling with either your chest facing the wave, or your back facing the wave.

If you are travelling with your chest facing the wave face you will have your weight centered slightly towards your toes. This will hold the toe side edge of the surfboard into the wave face and will cause the board to turn and create some lift across the wave face. Weighted correctly you will begin to trim across the wave face.

If your back is to the wave face, the skill will be performed the same only your weight will be slightly more towards the heels.

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changing directions

Learning to change direction will be the beginning of performing maneuvers.

When beginning to change directions try and focus on three simple movements.

1: Shift your weight to your back foot

2: Twist from the hips and turn them towards the direction you want the surfboard to travel

3: Aim to keep your body over the surfboard. Keeping your body centered over the surfboard will give you maximum chance of completing the maneuver successfully.

4: Transfer weight back to front foot to complete the maneuver.

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rising and falling

Rising and falling or moving the board up and down the wave face is the beginning of generating your own speed on a wave.

It’s important here to begin the compression and extension movement as you rise and fall up and down the wave.

There are the two types of “rising and falling”:

Chest to the wave

1: To rise up the wave face put some pressure onto your toe side as you slightly extend your knees and body.

Aim to get your toe side rail to dig into the wave face, this will help you rise up the wave face.

2: As you descend back down the wave face compress your body over your front knee.

Back to the wave

1: To rise up the wave face put some pressure onto your heel side as you slightly extend your knees and body.

Aim to get your heel side rail to dig into the wave face, this will help you rise up the wave face.

2: As you descend back down the wave face compress your body over your front knee.

Think of this skill like the action a Rugby player does to throw a football.



COMPLETING RIDES

Completing a ride or “straightening out” is a skill that can help you ride safely to the shore after the wave has broken behind you.

It is the chest over front knee position, making sure you are centered as the wave breaks behind and around you.

Keep your eyes looking to where you want the board to go, get low and stay low until you ride out of the breaking wave successfully.


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