This Is How You Generate Speed On Any Wave

22 Nov 2016 3 Share

COASTALWATCH | SURF COACH 

Episode 004 / Series 001
Duration 2:46 


Hosted by Matt Granger of Manly Surf School & NSW High-Performance Coach 
Additional footage provided by Craig Halstead, Matt Grainger & Victor Cestari


In this series, Matt Grainger will walk you through the common mistakes and three tips to improving crucial surf skills. These videos are exclusively available for Coastalwatch Plus subscribers only, but sign up today for just $1 for 4 weeks!


Catch a new episode & drills each Wednesday for the next 6 weeks covering these areas;


Episode 1 - Paddling 
Episode 2 - Duck Dives
Episode 3 - Improving Takeoffs 
Episode 4 - Generating Speed
Episode 5 - Bottom Turns
Episode 6 - Cutbacks 

SERIES 2 WITH NICK CARROLL
Episode 1 - Relaxing The Upper Body

Episode 2 - Paddling Faster & Smarter
Episode 3 - Positioning & Reducing Line-Up Anxiety 
Episode 4 - Delaying The Turn
Episode 5 - Weight & Balance
Episode 6 - Six Killer Drills

VIDEO OVERVIEW

Generating speed is one of the hardest things to do in surfing and look good at the same time but it is trial and error and finding the right feeling.

Firstly you need to get on the angle as we discussed in TAKE-OFFS. You want to generate speed in the top third of the wave by moving from heel to toe. Compress on your heels then unweight the board by lifting by using your arms, specifically your inside arm. The key is compressing and extending your body.

COMMON MISTAKES WITH GENERATING SPEED

- Staying static and doing nothing
- Going straight down the wave not staying in the top
- Bouncing the board and not using your rails 

TIPS FOR IMPROVING SPEED GENERATION

1. Take-off on the angle
2. Generate your speed in the top third of the wave
3. Start using your rail as well as compressing and extending along the face.

DRILLS

To start improving your speed on the wave, you need to work on being light on your feet. Visualise Mohammed Ali; "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

Drill #1 - Light-foot Skipping
1 minute of skipping rope light on the balls of your feet.
When generating speed you need to learn how to be light on you're feet like a boxer.

Drill #2 - Box Jumps
*Assisting with the movement of compressing and extending as well as improving your fast twitch and explosive movements.
Find a solid surface at least half a metre tall.
Start with feet hip-width apart and knees bent then jump up to platform, making sure you're landing light on your feet. (like Bruce Lee - cat like)

Drill #3 - Agility Ladder 
*If you don't have an agility ladder visualise the ladder and the distance you need to consistently jump in and out of.
Hopping on 1 leg, jump in and outs (side-to-side)

Drill # 4 - Grab A Skateboard 
There are a number of surf skateboards on the market like Smooth Star and Streetboardz, also any longboard is great. Using a skateboard will help you to focus on the compressing and extending motion and getting the feel of where your body should be throughout, especially in the lift.

Have you got questions about generating speed? Ask Matt Grainger in the comments area below...

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