Surf Tips

6 Withdrawal Techniques to Consider when Surfing Tubes

4. Crowd-pleaser jump down (pictured).

When in a really rather roomy pit, sensations – and consequences – increase exponentially. The natural entertainer in you might look down from the high line, see air below and think ‘Canonball!’. Done right, you penetrate deep, macking tube rushes over and you resurface out the back. Done wrong, you land on dry reef, cut your feet, break your ankles… and then the wipeout starts. Yikes!

5. Straighten out/Doggy door.

At certain Indo spots, like Greenbush for example, the shape of the reef on the nasty end section means that sometimes it’s preferable to get away from it landward, rather than fling yourself into the death chew. Thus you’ll see surfers escape down, yes onto a shallow shelf, but hopefully after the worst of the explosion out in front. Dangers associated with the doggy door is the door shutting, and compression/guillotine issues, and then the ghastly beating.

6. The bitter end.

The best advice for some is do nothing. Don’t eject, don’t run, don’t hide, don’t escape. Just stand there until she takes you down. The benefits of this technique are in lengthening your tube time, and the fact that it looks fucken cool. Like the fall back of the tail technique, it can be counter-instinctive, despite your very best intentions.

p.s. The withdrawal technique is a terrible form of contraception. Just ask Bob Marley, he sired 14 kids.


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