Trick Tips—The Frontside Bottom Turn

25 08 2009

Alana Blanchard

Trick tips are surfing’s editorial equivalent to throwing in the towel. You see them in all the surf mags and all over the web. Has anyone ever learned a damned thing from Kalani Robb explaining how to do a floater or Taj Burrow talking about how to do an air reverse? I worked for a dot com at the turn of the Millennium. One day we had a meeting with one of the VP’s and he was adamant about including more trick trips on the site. “We need more trick tips,” he said while adjusting the waistband on his Dockers. “That’s what the kids want.”

Today, I’ve decided to throw in the towel.

The frontside bottom turn as performed by Alana Blanchard.

The bottom turn is a standard maneuver that sets up practically every other maneuver in your arsenal. Some might prefer the “backside,” but the frontside can be a tricky beast and equally rewarding. First make sure your “stick” has plenty of wax on it. Things can and will get slippery. You don’t want to experience one of those dog-in-the-bathtub catastrophes. When paddling, I prefer to kick my legs like a wild bronco at a rodeo to give an extra burst.  Now dive in with all your might.

After you get up, rotate your weight and dip your inside shoulder. When you see that section begin to peel a bit…go for broke. Make sure you shift your hips in a thrusting motion, but not too hard. Be gentle. You want to start slowly, build up a rhythm near the lip and crescendo and just the right moment. When in doubt remember; the more you practice, the better you will get.




9 responses

25 08 2009
James Jr.

I see what you did there….

25 08 2009


25 08 2009
Blasphemy Rottmouth

I just came in my pants a little…

25 08 2009
James Jr.

/BR. I think they call that an “in the park homer”

25 08 2009

If you zoom in really closely, it looks like there is pee coming out of her butt! These pics are becoming increasingly easier to find. It’s nice to see that some female surfers are learning how to get publicity and admiration from their male counterparts.

27 08 2009

Nug, I don’t give two shits about surfing and yet here I am, at your site, looking at asses. You should probably go into marketing and use your talents to make you money.

27 08 2009
The Nug

It’s a cleaver ruse. Kind of like when Congress adds a half dozen amendments to an education bill… like declaring it an absolute right to pray in church, a rodent and farm animal disposal fee, eyeglass subsidies and book discounts for the blind AND a $50-million dollar bridge project that connects and disconnects Sarah Palin’s foot to and from her mouth. Democrats will dub it the bridge to Fantasy Land. Republicans will drool.

Neither of us are Republicans but we may be drooling. And that’s what it’s all about. Isn’t it?

28 08 2009

What you’re saying is: Despite her politics, we both want to bang Sarah Palin? You’re wise beyond your drug clouded years.

Tell you what, I’m gonna let you buy me a beer when I’m in SoCal in two weeks. You lucky bastard.

19 11 2009
Video of the Week: Alana Blanchard « Nugable

[…] rookie. She has been a Nugable fave ever since she showed us how to properly execute the frontside bottom turn. […]

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