How To Position Your Feet For Max Performance on Waves

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Learning how to surf is one thing.  Bringing your performance to the next level requires thoughtful progression of your skills.  In this video, see how moving your feet can improve your bottom turns, cut backs and get you to the nose.

Sup Surfing Tips:  Moving your feet to drive your turns

Turning your sup surf board on a wave requires some fancy footwork. It’s not just about using your paddle, or leaning over the rail.  You have to move your feet around depending on what turn you want to do.

In this video breakdown of foot movement in the surf, Mick Slattery from Surefire Boards  in New South Wales, Australia talks about his foot placement and the effect it has on bottom turning and cut backs.  Using both slow motion and real time video, the viewer can see and feel the impact shifting your weight around can have on performance in the surf zone.  Now, let’s get on it!

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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.