How to Do A Cutback While Surfing
Cutting back while surfing takes balance and proper mechanics to make it happen. Learning to cut back on a surfboard is important. If you really want to consider yourself a surfer and not just a wave rider, then you will need to learn the mechanics of cutting back while riding a wave. Many so-called surfers really do not understand this concept. They ride the length of the wave then paddle for the next one. Cutting back allows the surfer to engage the wave and elongate the ride. Check out the simple steps below and move your game from wave rider to pure surfer with the simple concept of cutting back against the wave.
What you will need to pull this off:
- Ability to surf
- Check your surfboard and leash to make sure everything is in proper and fit working order. Tackle a few waves, ride them as you normally would. Get a feel for the swells and current and just how the surfing is going.
- Once you are ready, catch a good wave. Paddle out and up and then take to your feet. Ride the wave as you normally would but with a twist. Lean back a little more then normal and allow your backhand to skim the wave.
- Push your rear foot outward and bring your front foot in. The motion should kick the heel out and pull in the nose. Reverse the tension as soon as you begin to move into the wave. This will lead you to move quickly away from the wave. Repeat this motion to keep it heavy in one direction to create a 180.