Power, muscel strength for Advanced Surfers
Many advanced surfers believe that the only way they can improve their surfing is by surfing more and in more challenging waves. Although this is true, there is no doubt that SmoothStar can provide many benefits to advanced surfers. Some of these include:
- Core strength training
- Surfing technique adjustments
- Practice progressive surf maneuvers such as aerials
- Connecting turns for fluid rail-to-rail surfing
There are many videos and photos of SmoothStar teamriders on our SmoothStar video section. SmoothStar Team Riders love getting airtime – we feel it is just following the trend of “progressive surfing”. There is nothing better than the SmoothStar crew filming or taking photos of teamriders perform amazing airs, tail slides… people in skateparks just sit and watch. You will see many SmoothStar photos with people gazing at our teamriders.
Can I do better airs with SmoothStar?
Generally speaking, the more speed you have on a wave, the bigger and higher the aerial maneuver. On a SmoothStar it is very similar. Just like you would pump yourself on a wave and launch to do you air, you do the same on SmoothStar. Here are the steps:
Step 1 – The Area
You need to get to a skatepark which has a similar gradient as a wave face.
Step 2 – The Approach
Pick the lip or spot where you are going to launch your air then work out the best approach to generate speed. Typically you would pump and carve down the line on your surfboard, do the same on SmoothStar to generate the speed into the lip.
Step 3 – Compression
Just before you hit the spot, ensure you are fully compressed: knees bent and your torso is directly over your board. This will ensure that you stay connected to your board.
Step 4 – Launching
As you lift off from the lip you will extend your legs but then let your board push up underneath you, and go back into your compression. You may want to grab the rail whilst in the air, this might help you keep connected to the board.
Step 5 – Landing
The most important element is to keep compressed and keep directly over your board. Keep your knees as high as possible to get height with the board. Extend your legs before and wait for the impact of the landing and absorb the landing through your compression.
Step 6 – Safety
When trying airs for the first time on a SmoothStar, we recommend that you wear appropriate safety gear – including: helmet, knee pads, wrist guards.
“Link your Turns” like a Pro?
Many advanced surfers become better by linking their turns together. Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater are fine examples of this. They can go from one turn to another in one smooth transition. The keep a fluid motion and it all looks effortless. So how do you do this on SmoothStar?
- Get to a skatepark or steep driveway.
- Pick a combination of tricks and maneuvers that you think suit the skatepark walls.
- Do a slow run through on your SmoothStar.
- With a piece of chalk, put “x” where you want to do your trick.
- Follow the x’s.
- Do the same linking time and time again, try to complete with smooth transitions, generating more speed with compression.