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uplander
08-18-2013, 06:18 PM
how many of you surf right foot forward on the port side, I am going to pull someone who is right foot forward but my boat is only set-up for port side. So I would assume he will face away from the wave

any replies are appreciated

chriscraftmatt1976
08-18-2013, 06:44 PM
That's heel side. It's more difficult than toe side for any rider, but doable.

bikenskijerm
08-18-2013, 06:47 PM
A guy who rides with us (and is historically bad at paying back pulls) rides right foot forward but my primary riding buddy and I are left foot forward. He rides right forward off the port side because we aren't moving all that ballast for a guy who doesn't repay pulls. He has picked it up quite well.

uplander
08-18-2013, 06:53 PM
thanks guys we are swapping rides he has an air chair that I tried today and almost killed myself. it was fun but very unstable

BrooksfamX2
08-18-2013, 07:43 PM
2 of my friends do it pretty well behind my X2.......

kalamalka
08-19-2013, 12:51 AM
I surf heel side lots and im a goofy foot rider. pm me if you need anything

kgrove
08-19-2013, 02:40 AM
That's heel side. It's more difficult than toe side for any rider, but doable.

Slightly different terminology in surfing .... It's called riding backside.

The main difficulty in riding backside is that to start the rider will need to quickly turn the board fully across the boat to get on the backside wake. Inexperienced riders will struggle as there is a lot going on at one time - getting up, getting their balance, and making a full turn - and it's all being done in sloppy water between the wakes.

Once on the wake, backside is a little more awkward than riding frontside, but not too bad. IMO its much easier than riding toeside or switch wakeboarding. I'm frequently the only goofy foot on the boat... don't surf often any longer, but when I did I used to always ride backside rather than take the time to switch ballast. More recently I've started riding switch foot (regular for me) and riding frontside port, not because backside is too hard, but because I'm trying to get better at switch wakeboarding and I'm hoping switch surfing will get me more comfortable with a regular stance (still feels totally unnatural to me right now).

In comparison with ocean surfers, wakesurfers are a fussy bunch and will often only surf frontside. In the ocean, you don't get to choose frontside vs backside - the wave (or the beach) picks it for you. If you're a goofy foot surfer and the waves are breaking right, you either surf backside or you don't surf.

AlbertaSurfer
08-19-2013, 04:05 AM
^^ what he said

I laugh when I read people calling it a 'regular' and a 'goofy' wake. If anyone is interested in watching someone backside, or 'freakside' a wave, google Bruce Irons or Jamie O'Brien at Pipeline or Teahupoo. Both those are lefts, which many of the popular ocean breaks are, forcing regular footers to ride on their backside.

Traxx822
08-19-2013, 09:57 AM
^^ what he said

I laugh when I read people calling it a 'regular' and a 'goofy' wake. If anyone is interested in watching someone backside, or 'freakside' a wave, google Bruce Irons or Jamie O'Brien at Pipeline or Teahupoo. Both those are lefts, which many of the popular ocean breaks are, forcing regular footers to ride on their backside.

J.o.b cracks me up. Ever watch him and his beater boards. Or Costco boards. Too funny. But a great example of a backside rider.

To the OP, surfing frontside or backside doesn't matter. I surf both sides but as most wakesurfers tend to stay frontside.

I am a goofy footed boarder as well. I ride port side 90% of the time. I ride "regular" when I don't feel like changing ballast at end of the day.

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deminimis
08-19-2013, 04:33 PM
I'm goofy. Yea, and I generally wake surf heal side (port) as well.

uplander
08-21-2013, 09:20 PM
thanks guys for the replies, plan to pull him Labor Day weekend