Draw Out Your Bottom Turn
These days, everyone’s in such a hurry aren’t they? Kids are in a hurry to be adults; porn hides in internet airwaves rather than under the mattress, as though eager to gratify your stalk instantly, hurry! hurry! hurry! Even surfers are in a hurry to get up the wave to the lip.
You see, bottom turns get no audible props, and inspired by today’s rad starlets, it’s all a bit of a flap towards above the coping glory. But bottom turns are so much more of a dependable source of pleasure. Bottom turns are like dogs, reliable, loving you back, faithful. Top turns are like cats; fickle, pretty maybe, there one minute, gone the next, only nice when they want something. Maybe they love you, maybe they don’t. In this uncertain, hurried world, nailing on a staple like a solid bottom turn is a building block to stokey heights, and drawing out your bottom turn will make you a better surfer.
– On your next surf, unless it’s in 15ft freight train pits, make a conscious effort to extend your line from take off down and out, heck even give a touch of outside rail and possibly even a look-behind-you head fade before arcing majestically down the line.
– Get low, giving the water surface that delicate, intimate caress. You love it, after all. Touch it, smell it, lick it, spit on it, pull its hair.
– From there pull in/hoik upwards violently and detonate tail/set a section-making, ground-covering line, whatever. You options are all open and all beautiful.
The most obvious reference is to check out Curren at J-Bay (or anywhere) for the finest fades on film. But basically, any top pro, be it a Kelly, Joel, Mick, Taj, Michel, Jeremy etc etc, all these guys have masterful bottom turns.