How to Hang Ten

How to Hang Ten
Hanging 10 is a maneuver in surfing where the surfer hangs all 10 toes off the nose of a surfboard. It's considered the holy grail of surfing maneuvers and is one of the most difficult maneuvers for a surfer to accomplish. Learning to hang 10 is an exercise in patience. While you can learn the mechanics of how to hang 10, it requires patience as you learn the right body position that works for you to not wipe out.


Difficulty: Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Longboard
  • Longboard
Step 1
Find the right wave. Leave your ankle leash behind and paddle out beyond the break until you see a wave that you can comfortably ride with a long shoulder. It's better to start with smaller waves to build up your confidence.
Step 2
Catch the wave and angle your board correctly. Move into a crouching position with your feet in a perpendicular position on the board. Begin to stand up on the board and position the nose of the board so that it's at a 45-degree angle from the wave. You should be surfing in the curl of the wave and staying just ahead of the whitewater.
Step 3
Cross your back foot over your front, doing several quick cross-steps until your front foot is about a quarter of the way from the nose of the board.
Step 4
Do a hang five. Move your front foot forward and hang your toes over the board.
Step 5
Place your back foot into the hang 10 position. Now take your back foot and move it forward so that those toes are hanging over the side next to your other foot. The trick in doing this maneuver is to stay balanced. If you lean too far forward you can wipe out. Try leaning back, arching your back and keeping your hands behind you. This will take a lot of practice.

Tips & Warnings

Ride the wave until you feel the nose of the board begin to dive, at which point you will need to quickly step back to the middle of the board.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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