Take the High Road

Sometimes in life, taking the high road can get you out of the headache of meaningless squabbles and strife. It works for surfing as well. In fact, it is a key element to my ability to gain speed in these gutless waves Florida is known for.

Watch this video of Kolohe Andino:

Video from svrfboard’s YouTube channel.


Think of a wave as a moving hill. As it approaches shallow sections, the top part of the wave pushes over the lower part and breaks. Due to this process, the upper part of the wave holds the energy while the lower part does not. So staying to low in the trough will only rob you of your speed.

Things to Note:

When Kolohe takes off, he is taking off at an angle and he is staying high on the face unless the wave is steep and has enough push for him to do a full bottom turn. He also stays high on the face after coming out of his cutbacks as well. This is giving him the speed to set up his turns down the line.

Sometimes when the wave moves over a deep spot and is getting close to the shore, a good strategy is to get high on the face and hold a high line shifting your weight onto your back foot. From there, you can evaluate where the next breaking section will be and what you will need to do to finish off the wave in the best way possible. This also eliminates the need to over bounce your board to get over the flat sections.

Give it a go and see how much it helps your small wave surfing!


About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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7 Responses to Take the High Road

  1. mulletkiller says:

    Sorry sir your Video doesn’t work. Neither will this tactic at Sewers on a 8ft swell and negative tide.

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      This worked a second ago on my computer…not your Korean, chintzy phone. Also, this could work at Sewers. When you take off a good 30 yards down the line from the real peak, one could take the high line and dodge any remaining steep sections left.

      • mulletkiller says:

        Harsh but true and the vid works only after I logged on. Plus my phone is from North Korea with the ability to reach Guam. At least that’s the propaganda that was told to me.

      • 1stpeaksteve says:

        We will get China to intervene on North Korea’s behalf and get you a better phone that is filled with spyware and banned chemicals.

  2. Jess says:

    Calm down kids! The video worked for me. I dig the music, as well as the moves. Cool stuff.

  3. 1stpeaksteve says:

    It is pretty amazing what people can do on a surfboard these days. Glad the video works too!

    And I will work to get out another post Mr. Mullet so we can squabble some more! Lehpo! (Learn Hawaiian)

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