WAVE SELECTION AND WAVE CATCHING
TIPS AND TRICKS
Place one foot in the strap and drag the opposite leg on the water for stability until your foot is finding the strap. I’ll use this technique to slow down on bigger, steeper drops or when I miss the initial foot placement and need to adjust.Loose:
Start with nice wide open loose straps. This almost negates the benefits of riding straps, but it will speed up the learning curve of entering your straps. Once you have your takeoff technique down, tighten up your straps for the full benefits. I ride my straps with enough room that I can shuffle my feet around for micro adjustments while riding, but loose enough for a seamless ejection. I also like to be able to lift my heel off the board when strapped for a full range-of-motion while pumping.Reps:
While sitting and waiting for waves, run through a bunch of repetitions of popping up and into your straps.Look:
Looking down is often overlooked when learning the strap game. Glance down at your straps upon takeoff, this enhances the awareness of where your feet need to go and help build the muscle memory for speedy strapped takeoffs.
To choose your strap position, take note of your feet in relation to the board while riding. Also note whether your foot stance is perpendicular to the rails or turned out, and setup your straps accordingly.
Ejecting from straps:
Point your toes and you’re out! Getting out of your straps in a hurry is important.