How to Turtle Roll on a Surfboard

How to Turtle Roll on a Surfboard
Seasoned surfers know that learning to turtle roll is crucial to conserving energy while paddling. It can also keep crashing waves from breaking overhead and slowing your progress. The sight of longboard surfers rolling over with their board bottoms facing up lends it name to "turtle" roll. The hardest part of the roll is perfecting the timing and keeping a tight grip on your longboard at the same time.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Longboard
  • Longboard
Step 1
Paddle quickly on your longboard and watch for upcoming waves. Keep an eye out for fellow surfers and do not attempt to roll while anyone is riding a wave or nearby.
Step 2
Grab the rails near the nose of your surfboard and roll it over until the fins are facing up just before a wave hits. The timing is one of the most important steps to a successful turtle roll. Try to roll about 3 to 5 seconds before a wave hits. The more you practice, the easier it will be to determine the right moment to roll.
Step 3
Hang on tightly while you're underneath your surfboard and keep your it close against your body. You can also wrap your legs around your board if you need extra grip.
Step 4
Pull the nose of your surfboard down and allow the wave to pass over while hanging on as tightly as possible. You can also kick your legs to help pass through the wave and stabilize yourself.
Step 5
Wait until the wave has passed and roll your surfboard back over. Continue paddling.

Tips & Warnings

Practice turtle rolling in calm waters and away from other surfers.
Letting go of your board can result in serious injury to yourself and others.

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