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As a surfer, it is not sufficient that you know how you can ride the wave. You are having dreams about conquering the next big wave with a virtuoso performance that Kelly Slater will be happy with. What a great way to add spice to your surf time than to figure out how to nose ride and also to cross step?
Let Mickey Muñoz, Julie Cox and Robert “Wingnut” Weaver reveal a thing or two for you to master nose riding and cross stepping.
As outlined by Matt Warshaw in his book, “The History of Surfing”, “Noseriding wasn’t identified as a maneuver until the early 1950’s, after the surfboard fin had grown big enough to really anchor the tail.”
Apparently, the fin is responsible for steadying your board while you weave through the waves. The more stable your fin is, the more likely that you’ll be able to maneuver your board on the front end.
Well-known surfers totally agree that the way to surf supremacy would be to figure out how to perfectly do the nose ride.
Simply because it will take many years to get the job done. Plus, you will need much more than utter athleticism for you to control your surfboard on the front a lot longer than the others.
Noseriding is described as a trick that involves maneuvering your board by “cross stepping” or shuffling away from your original position on the backside heading to the frontside. There’s two ways on how to reach the frontside: either you crouch and extend your foot to the nose or make little steps till you reach the nose. Nose riding can be a challenging trick because you have to watch out for waves that are coming at you and also to figure out how to balance yourself.
In an interview with Bob Howard, surfing icon Mickey Muñoz offered some hints for you to be a better noserider.
Here’s an excerpt:
“To learn to noseride repetition is probably the number one thing you need. Lots of time in the water. Obviously, the equipment has a lot to do with it, but it is so individualized and particular to a given break that it is difficult to make general statements about equipment. But there are some specific things you can do. Surf with people who are better noseriders than you are, and glean as much information as you can from them. Discuss the break and how they noseride it.
Find out what they like about the board they ride there. Try their board and lots of others, and see what works best for you. Just get out there and noseride. Practice, over and over, the same maneuver until you learn that it is just plain impossible — or until you figure it out. Repetition–it’s getting out and trying. If you haven’t fallen off or wiped out you haven’t learned anything. Mistakes are part of learning. Repetition allows you to practice at a maneuver till you master it.”
Towards the end of the interview, he shared ideas worth noting:
“ You have to learn how to visualize it happening, in your own mind. And of course it takes time in the water. Again, there is no substitute for time in the water. Time in the water gives you conditioning for your body, mind and reflexes. By mind, I mean knowledge of when to try, and when not to try, a noseride.
You can go to the gym, use a balance board, watch videos, but there is nothing quite as satisfying as pulling some warm sand up under your chin and just lying there on the beach watching a David Nuuhiwa or a Joel Tudor noseride. Visualize yourself doing those same maneuvers. See it in your mind. Then go out there and try to emulate them! And again, talking with people who are better than you really helps. Surf with people who are better noseriders.”
Surfing is a very awesome sport because each step is really a trick on its own. Have a look at the cross step. It’s a strategy for reaching the frontside by alternately crossing your back and front foot forward. It’s like doing balances on a high wire.
In an interview, pro surfer Julie Cox threw out some great remarks about crosstepping.
Here they are:
(On the question whether cross stepping is hard or not)
“I don’t think cross stepping is difficult. I think it’s a little more of mind over matter, like getting over the fear of just trying the first one. Shuffling is definitely a little easier because your feet are both planted and you’re not taking too much risk. I really don’t think it’s that hard, it’s just different and takes some practice. The more stable the board the better when it comes to cross stepping. Because the goal for the cross step is to get up toward the nose of the board. You could do a hang five or a hang ten or put your weight a little bit more forward. A nice wide and semi thick board is best because you want that plank-like feeling to be doing a cross step on.”
In a forum question, cross-step expert Robert “Wingnut” Weaver highlights some good suggestions on how to polish this trick. Here they are:
“ (There are) two ways to approach the cross-step issue:
First: keep a lower center of gravity at first. Try not to “get tall” while you are walking.
As you move forward you will be picking up speed and that will cause you to tip backward if you are standing up too straight.
Then, practice the steps, back and forth, at home, at the market — whenever you have the time to make little steps, one over the other.
It’s a timing and “feel” deal. No shortcuts. Eating it is all part of the fun.
As you have seen, you should be proficient in cross stepping in order to be proficient at nose ride. Both call for balance, figuring out which wave to ride on and learning to control your board while performing the tricks.
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