Surf Manoeuvres Broken Down

In anticipation of the ASP World Tour action of surfing coming to our shores with the Roxy Pro, kicking off in Biarritz on July 10th, followed by the WQS 6 star Swatch Girls Pro France on August 21st, we took a closer look at some of the major manoeuvres the surfers can score with (courtesy of the Swatch PR team).


Bottom Turn

The fundamental technique that allows for all radical surfing, a strong, low bottom turn following entry into a wave and each manoeuvre sets up for point-scoring moves at the top of the wave.

Difficulty: **


Top Turn

Surfers express their technical nuance by executing fast, fluid turns at the top of wave, using the breaking lip to gain full speed, power and amplitude of manoeuvre.

Difficulty: ***



A rapid sweeping change of direction back towards the curl of the wave to regain power and flow, the standard of a surfer’s cutback technique reveals their fundamental technique and style.

Difficulty: **


Modern surfing continues to push the boundaries of what is possible riding above the wave, with today’s best girls pulling airs that were inconceivable just a few years ago. Mid air rotations and grabs inspired by skate and snowboarding reveal the extent of a surfer’s modern arsenal.

Difficulty: *****


Surfing’s ultimate thrill and holy grail, tuberiding sets surfing apart from all other sports in the world. Completely surrounded by the vortex of a powerful breaking wave, the tuberide endures as the supreme moment of skill, excitement and beauty for the waverider. Today’s top women pros come equipped with incredible tuberiding techniques that pay testament to thousands of hours spent honing their skills.

Difficulty: *****


Gliding on top of an already breaking section of wave, the surfer uses balance and control to project over a broken part of the wave with as much speed and extension as possible.

Difficulty: ***


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