Turning on a wave or the Bottom Turn

To become an accomplished surfer, you should master the fundamental bottom turn. Well, it’s the first turn on the moving wave and the finest move that allows showing those impressive drills that throw beautiful water sprays. Here, you’ll learn the technique of bottom turn. Concentrate and stop falling off as soon as you reach the end of the wave after you’ve plunged in!

There are two styles of bottom turns, the one id front side and other is backside bottom turn. But you are trying to undertake the same thing be it front side or front side. The key to unlocking is to hold on your speed and create a smooth, powerful change with your turn.

Oh! You just caught a wave, here’s how to accomplish your first bottom turn.

Foot placement:

  • Keep your feet pinpointed along the stringer
  • Don’t set your back foot too far

Weight Distribution:


  • Bend your knee, squat and keep a low center of solemnity.
  • If your legs are crouched, you’ll be free to extend the turn and add power to your turn.
  • Remember to dispense your weight equally on the surfboard.
  • Extensive weight on your back foot will risk your control on the turn, or will stall your surfboard and mislay your speed.
  • Try to manage your speed as much as you can during your surf. Once you have taken a turn, you can gradually increase the speed by staying on the smooth line.


Frontside Bottom Turn

  • Hook on to a frontside wave and ride down to the bottom, where the water gets flat. And do consider the instructions given above. For making the turn, lean forward and place your weight on the toes. Avoid dragging your toes in the water and turn your shoulders into the direction to make your move.

Backside Bottom Turn

  • For backside bottom turn you need to hook on to the backside wave and surf down the face of the waves towards the flat water. The body posture is same as described above and in frontside style.

Surfing Bottom Turns

  • Examples of surfing bottom turn. Follow the instructions and learn to bottom turn.
  • That’s the way to make a bottom turn! Judge yours by the buckets of sprays you will go through next top turn.
Types of Turns
  • For a big wave, you’ll require a big drawn arc bottom turn. If the wave is peeling off fast and seal off, you don’t need a bottom turn at all. If the wave is small but, you desire to hit the lip quite close, go for a sharp arc bottom turn while allowing you to throw some sprays.

As we mentioned in our earlier articles, practice a lot to master. Just concentrate on your speed and committing a turn.

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