A bottom turn is a surfing manoeuvre that is often performed at the start of the wave, just after take-off.
The aim of a frontside bottom turn is to make an efficient turn at the bottom of the wave in order to arrive at the top of the wave as fast as possible.
HOW TO PULL OFF A FRONTSIDE BOTTOM TURN
STEP 1: BEND YOUR BODY AND PRESS DOWN ON YOUR FEET
Bend your knees and press down on the heels of your feet so as to push the edge of the board into the water. This is the phase where you make your body heavy.
STEP 2: LOOK AND SWING THE SHOULDERS
Looking is a fundamental part of all surfing manoeuvres. Here, it will guide your shoulders and your whole body to the chosen direction. In the case of a frontside bottom turn, you look towards the top of the wave.
STEP 3: LIGHTENING THE BODY
The last phase of a frontside bottom-turn consists in lightening your body in order to go up to the top of the wave at maximum speed to perform the manoeuvre.
In the water you will quickly see that phases 1 and 3 will enable you to pick up speed, while phase 2 gives you time to swivel the whole of your body round.
Now it’s time to put the theory into practise!