Surf Technique: The Cutback with Focus Sup Hawaii

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Focus Sup Hawaii’s Team Rider Omri Hazor gives a step-by-step instruction on executing a cutback in the surf.

Sup Tricks – How to do a Cutback:

1. Generate speed down the line with your legs

2. Look for the point where you will start your cutback

3. Put your weight into your heels and push your paddle forward in order for your legs to rotate the paddleboard over the foam

4. Once you return to the foam, shift your weight forward over the second rail and start looking down the line towards your next turning point.


“Sometimes you have to cut back in order to move forward!”  – Omri Hazor

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.