The most important thing about a good top turn is a great bottom turn. Remember this, you want to feel the compression on your legs as you approach the crest of the wave.
Transitioning your speed back down the face is critical to shifting your weight over the downward rail. Just like snowboarding, you never want to keep your board flat. Your board should always being going from rail to rail.
Initiating the turn with your front foot but begin shifting it toward your back foot in a fluid motion. It helps to plant your paddle and begin pulling it from in front of you back leg to behind your hip.
Pushing off the tail is good, but do not push to hard or you’ll go flying out the back of the wave. Stay centered over your board and that won’t happen.
You have momentum on your side, forget about the turn and start focusing on what down the line. This will give your exit the polished look the best guys have. It will also add some extra spray out the back.