Starting your directional surfboard in reverse over shallow reefs or sandbars can be tricky, but it’s important to do so in order to not destroy the bottom of your board. Here are the steps to learn how to perform this maneuver.
When you get into the water, the best thing to do is wade out until you’re in deeper water so you’re not risking ruining one of your fin boxes.
Aim your board backwards with the fins pointed in the direction of a broad reach. Keep in mind that the board pivots around the fins and you can only change the position of your board with your back foot on the nose.
Wind and waves might push the tail downwind, so you might need to reposition the board with the nose or the tail to get the board pointing in a broad reach.
Make sure the bulk of your weight is on the nose so you get the fins out of the air where they won’t grab any water.
Start with your back foot on the nose first, and then put your back foot somewhere between your front and back strap.
The board will sink pretty quickly due to the small surface area of the nose. It’s important for the kite to deliver power at the same time you are transferring your weight to the board.
Make sure to keep your board flat and the water not on edge. Keep the board heading at a broad reach with the fins out of the water.
You can steer by moving your weight forward and back and you can also use heel pressure to adjust the angle of the board.
Once you’re in deeper water, you can transition the board around. Put your weight towards the back of the board. Then you can transition your board and your feet into your normal riding stance.
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