Oct 26, 2016

Tips From The Pros: Grab Two Fistfuls of Fabric !!!

This quick video from Wardie Ward is a master class in mat riding. Nearly every frame holds a riding secret that took George decades to refine...



One of Greenough's slickest mat riding tricks involves grabbing the rails near the front of the deck and manipulating the nose area to adjust his track.

Some stills from the video illustrate this technique:

Here, George is trimming comfortably with his hands on the top of the deck...



As a section lifts up in front of him, he grips the outer part of the rails and creates a "bump" in the bottom...



The drag of the bump angles the mat's track upward and into the power...



Later, on the same wave, George employs the same technique on a smaller/weaker section. After a long run with his hands on the top of the deck, at the right moment he grips the rails and pulls up...





6 comments:

speedshaper said...

The "Bump" looks suspiciously like the"knuckle" you were referring to a while back, especially in the early frames. Thanks for the education!

PG said...

Don't thank me...George is the teacher. We are but mere students!

And yes, there is a relationship between the knuckle of George's spoon designs and the bend he uses while riding a mat.

http://displacementia.blogspot.com/2016/10/more-greenough-knuckle_10.html

http://displacementia.blogspot.com/2016/10/more-from-greenough-knuckle-files.html

http://displacementia.blogspot.com/2016/10/greenough-knuckle-vs-nose-flip-smackdown.html

harmless neighborhood eccentric said...

Super!

Anonymous said...

Phew so glad you posted that clip thought I had it all wrong grabbing two handfuls on take off and on slack patches churs to George the oracle, old surfer.

cherlita said...

Words can't express! George is an amazing rider . . . so inspiring!
Thanks for making your amazing surf craft Paul! Tons of fun!
Aloha, Cher

Terry said...

Love the Aussie Pig/honorary mat rider.