THREE SURE-FIRE WAYS TO SURF BETTER TODAY
We caught up with Damie Hobgood recently while he was warming up for his heat in the France Pro, and asked him to give us some tips and insight into what it takes to rip in a contest, or for mere mortals like most of us, in the often crowded, crystal clear lineups here on Oahu. How to stand out in the crowd and let everyone know you came to surf. Here's what he said....
Stand On Your Tail
Today’s surfboards aren’t designed for you to place your back foot anywhere but on the tail. With all the intricate vees and contours shapers are putting from the fins back, you’re doing yourself and your high-performance board a disservice by having your back foot not over that part of the board. Basically, that last eight inches of your board—directly over your cluster of fins—is the sweet spot.
Surf Through Your Hips
Use your core to rip. You shouldn’t be leading your turns with your arms; it looks ugly and has no substance behind it, meaning you’ll be surfing weak. Instead, focus on using your hips as a swivel point; the spray you’ll be chucking will speak volumes.
Take only what the wave offers you and wait for a proper section to bash. Tap into the flow of the wave and look down the line to see what it’s going to do. You’ll see a lot of guys try to force maneuvers into a section or spot that it doesn’t fit into. Don’t force things—let them come to you.
The proof is in the pudding, check it.....