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How to Stall On Wave to Get More Barrel Time On a Handboard

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How to Stall On Wave to Get More Barrel Time On a Handboard

Unlock the Secrets of the Tube: Conquering Stalls for Ultimate Handboard Barrels

Oh, and stalling is the key!

Getting barreled is an exhilarating experience, and handboarding lets you experience it without the need for a surfboard. But what if you could extend that thrilling barrel time even further?

Stalling is your secret weapon.

This technique involves using your free hand to manipulate your speed, allowing you to stay in that sweet spot inside the wave for longer.

Feeling deep?

No worries! If you're barreling deep and fear losing momentum, simply stack your arms on top of each other and push forward. This creates lift and drives you deeper into the barrel.

Wave not cooperating?

Adapt! If the wave seems short-lived, perform a bottom turn followed by a deep arm dig. This slows you down, allowing the wave to "catch up" and create that delicious barrel shape around you.

Remember: practice makes perfect! The more you experiment with stalling techniques, the better you'll understand how to control your speed and maximize your barrel time.

Ready to shred some barrels? Grab your Slyde handboard and hit the waves! ‍♀️

Bonus tip: Check out our video on stalling techniques for even more insights!

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15 Frequently Asked Questions About Handboarding Stalls: Mastering Drag and Lift

What is stalling in Handboarding?

Stalling involves using your free hand to manipulate drag and lift, adjusting your speed and position within the wave.

When do you use stalling?

Surfers stall in various situations:

    • Gaining speed: Push down with your hand for propulsion in slow sections or after bottom turns.
    • Slowing down: Extend your hand like a brake in steep sections or if the wave barrels prematurely.
    • Maintaining position: Adjust your hand position to sit deep in the barrel or stay ahead of the wave face.

What are the technical terms for stalling maneuvers?

    • Push pull: Pushing down for speed, pulling up for slowdown.
    • Bottom turn torque: Digging your hand inwards during a bottom turn for sharper direction change.
    • Air grab: Briefly stalling with your hand on the board during aerial maneuvers.

How does hand placement affect stalling?

    • Flat palm: Creates maximum drag for slowing down.
    • Cupped hand: Generates lift for maintaining position or gaining speed in smaller waves.
    • Angled hand: Creates directional adjustments and subtle speed variations.

Can you stall on different board types?

Yes, stalling techniques are applicable to various board types, though nuances differ depending on size, shape, and rocker profile.

How does stalling differ from carving?

Carving uses bodyweight shifts and rail placement for smooth turns, while stalling involves direct hand manipulation for more immediate speed adjustments.

What are some common mistakes when stalling?

    • Over-stalling and losing balance.
    • Not reacting quickly enough to wave changes.
    • Using poor hand positioning and grip.
    • Neglecting body positioning and weight distribution.

How can I practice stalling effectively?

    • Start in small, forgiving waves and focus on feeling the drag and lift.
    • Experiment with different hand positions and timing.
    • Practice pushing and pulling motions while maintaining balance.
    • Seek guidance from experienced surfers or surf coaches.

What are some advanced stalling techniques?

    • Air stalls: Holding a grab while airborne for extended control.
    • Off-the-lip stalls: Stalling on the wave's crest for stylish maneuvers.

How does stalling improve my overall surfing?

Mastering stalling allows for dynamic wave interactions, improved speed control, and smoother transitions between maneuvers.

Can I stall on a longboard?

While less common, longboarders can also use subtle stalls for positioning and speed adjustments.

Are there any safety considerations when stalling?

Be aware of other surfers, avoid stalling in critical sections, and prioritize balance and control over aggressive maneuvers.

What are some inspirational stallers to watch?

Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Carissa Moore, and many others utilize stalling as a key part of their surfing repertoire.

How can I find more information about stalling techniques?

Surf magazines, online tutorials, and instructional videos offer valuable resources for learning and refining stalling skills.

Remember, practice, patience, and guidance will help you unlock the potential of stalling and elevate your surfing to new levels!


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