How To Position Your Feet For Max Performance on Waves

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Learning how to surf is one thing.  Bringing your performance to the next level requires thoughtful progression of your skills.  In this video, see how moving your feet can improve your bottom turns, cut backs and get you to the nose.

Sup Surfing Tips:  Moving your feet to drive your turns

Turning your sup surf board on a wave requires some fancy footwork. It’s not just about using your paddle, or leaning over the rail.  You have to move your feet around depending on what turn you want to do.

In this video breakdown of foot movement in the surf, Mick Slattery from Surefire Boards  in New South Wales, Australia talks about his foot placement and the effect it has on bottom turning and cut backs.  Using both slow motion and real time video, the viewer can see and feel the impact shifting your weight around can have on performance in the surf zone.  Now, let’s get on it!

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Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.