It all starts with a good pop up. First impressions count. Imagine if you showed up for a first date and said “hello, I have bad breath and I never shower or bath”. Or what about if you arrived at a job interview and said “I’m really workshy”. It’s the same with surfing, if your pop up is below par then the rest of your surfing is likely to suffer. Take a look at Carissa Moore’s pop up for a master class in how it’s done….
Burn this image into your retina…..
Here’s what I love about her pop up…
- Her head stays completely still throughout the entire pop up. Her eyes are focused on where she wants to go and she never glances down or looks at her surfboard
- Her hand placement. Her hands are flat on the board and right back by her ribs
- She extends her arms fully and creates lots of space under her chest for the front leg
- She twists 90 degrees with her lower body and pulls the front knee into the chest
- Both feet land on the board at the same time. Don’t stress about this too much if you are a beginner, what’s more important is that both feet end up on the stringer (the line which runs down the centre of the board)
- The whole movement is very smooth. There’s a sense of commitment to it, no anxiety or jerkiness or pullback-itus
- After her feet land on the board she stays low in the surfer’s crouch
- Initially she puts most of her weight on her front foot (the anchor) and then she transfers some weight on the back foot as she anticipates pulling into the barrel.
- Both knees are bent, especially the back knee which is dropping down towards the stringer
- After she pops up the shoulders and arms look relaxed with no tension. Limp wrists
- Both arms come in front of the body, Neanderthal style
If you want to watch the full video that I snazzled the clip from, here is the youtube link….