After the bottom turn the re-entry is one of the first manoeuvres that most surfers attempt. If you see a nice section coming towards you it’s hard to resist the temptation to rebound of it and it’s a great, dynamic way to finish a wave.
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A re-entry is a key part of every surfer’s arsenal and can have many variations, from a straight up and down to an explosive fins free re-entry. The aim of the maneuver is to rebound from the lip and then ride the lip back to the flats.
This manoeuvre can be performed whilst moving down the line or on a closeout section. The key is to use your judgement about whether to aggressively push through the turn or just flow with the lip and this will depend on the type of section your are about to hit. If the section is super critical then you will have to flow with the wave (11 seconds), if it’s a crumbly section then you can let rip (23 seconds). For this tip we will look at the Flowing type of re-entry.
The maneuver starts by driving out of a bottom turn and as you exit the bottom turn eye up the section you want to rebound off of (26 seconds). Hit the lip hard and flat. Your aim is to Flow with the lip back down to the flats (30 seconds) so your don’t need to rotate your body too much – the wave is going to do most of the work for you. When you hit the lip begin to compress your torso whilst raising your arms.
As you’re on the way down keep your eye on the landing and stay over the board. You should be compressed enough to be able to touch your front foot at this stage.
When you break free from the whitewater (38 seconds) you should still have plenty of speed to take into the next section.
Or you can nonchalantly look around whilst performing a barely concealed Brazilian style double fist pump claim. Secretly hope that you mates saw it but remember to play it cool around the BBQ.
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