Noseriding is 90% preparation, 10% glory

Ok, I actually made those numbers up but you get the point 😅.

Often when watching other surfers noseride or learning to noseride yourself, it’s too easy to only focus on the noseride itself & forget about all the set up work that goes on beforehand.

And you know what? That’s the most important bit. 🤭

Before even getting to the nose, it takes positioning, timing, speed control, constantly reading the wave, making adjustments, & resetting if it didn’t work out the first time.

And when all those moving parts that often go unnoticed come together, that’s when you’ll get to dangle your toes over for that brief moment of glory.

I’m not saying all this to make it sound harder than it is or to cause more confusion.

What I’m trying to say is that if you want to learn to noseride, pay attention to all the things that happen before the noseride. Such as...

  • The cutback, fade, or stall to slow down & get closer to the pocket
  • The brief pause while cross stepping; or stepping forward, then stepping back, then stepping forward again to get the timing right
  • Making it *almost* to the nose, but then deciding to come back, reset, & try again

All these things can be maneuvers in and of themselves, but with the topic of noseriding in mind these are the things that put you in the right position at the right time 🤘

💬 Do you pay much attention to the set up work? What’s something you’ve noticed?

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