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30 August, 2014

Directional Arms

At the recent Billabong Pro Tahiti, on a finals day when nines were practically throwaways, John John Florence went ballistic in the Quarterfinals, hitting a 9.80 out of the gates.

Take a look at his arms in the photo below.

We love to watch him ride stand-up, tubes hands free. But even JJ here shows that activating the arms to help guide him toward his direction of choice, is useful. Especially when under time pressure like he is in this shot.

Same in the second picture below it of Nathan Hedge. This time the surfer is front-side. With a massive looming section threatening, it’s clear his leading arm is activated. It’s pointing to where he needs to get in a hurry. It will give him lift, speed and direction.

Even if you are a total beginner, try to lift and activate your arms. Don’t let them hang like a useless sack of potatoes.  Make them directional.


– ASP / Kirstin Scholtz


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