How to bottom turn like a pro!
A good bottom turn is a must to allow for critical manoeuvres on or above the wave.
Here are 3 key points for a good bottom turn
1. Compression - by getting low and compressing towards your board you are creating a spring like explosive power to allow you to drive off the bottom of the wave up towards the lip as you extend your legs
2. Look where you’re going - obvious but often forgotten especially on surfers backhands. Sight the section or part of the wave you want to end up at
3. The arms - on a backhand bottom turn your front arm drops towards the water creating a pivot point for the board to axis around. The back arm drives the body around that axis. (Note the arm positions of Mick and Tyler in their backhand bottom turn)
On your front side the back arm drops towards the water to create the pivot and drive point. While your front arm stays low around the front knee to maintain compression with a slight point in the direction you want to go (take note of the front arm positioning of Mick and Steph in their front side bottom turns)
Next we will identify some key points for a top turn re-entry