How to do a Cutback with Taylor Knox

Want to learn how to surf better? Learn from the world's best through Surfline's Pro Tips, a complete how-to series created to improve your surfing skills. In this episode, we go over cutbacks with Taylor Knox.Become a better surfer. Watch more episodes: to our channel: your’e watching Surfline Trick Tips with me, Taylor Knox, and we're going to talk about doing some cutbacks. Well basically there's two types of cutbacks, theirs a frontside one and a backside ones and within that there's about a hundred different varieties you could possibly do, but we're going to just talk about a couple today. First being the front side one and I think most people who surf, they can relate to that turn, most people can do it. I'm just gonna talk about how I approach it.When I go into a cutback I like to get a good, deep bottom turn and come off the bottom really heavy on the back foot and then as you're coming up the face you kind of shift your weight a little bit more equally to the front and turn your hips and arms to go with your body. I think it always helps to have your head follow your body as well. I do move my back foot a little bit sometimes going down the line and I’ll do a nice high line and I'll have my foot kind of up here and then, as I’m shifting down towards the bottom, I’ll move it back maybe one or two inches like right in between the fins is where I really like to have my foot. Then you can just really like to push into that and the board should want to skirt up the wave pretty quick. Then as you get to the crest of the wave, you're going to want to put your you're board right on the edge of it and that's where you’re going to get the most speed you're going to want to drive your board around like this. And you're gonna want to use that bottom curve of the wave want to get all the way to the bottom so it kind of wraps around in a perfect, nice circle.I think normally backside bottom turns are a little stronger and easier to kind of get low on. So when you go into backside you're actually low in the bottom turn and then you extend as you come up backside. You kind of guide your board up into the spot and then you can really push hard on your back foot but you're also extending your body a little bit more vertically and you your body is uncompressing, not decompressing. One really good tip that I learned watching videos of Tom Curren was he was always really centered over his board and he didn't let his limbs fly off to the back cause that always slows him down. He was always so centered and technically perfect, I mean it's unreal. When a guy does it right, its shocking how much force and how beautiful it can look, it's pretty cool.-Taylor Knox

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FULL MOVIE_ Kelly Slater, Taylor Knox, Andy Irons Absolute mexico

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Rob Machado & Taylor Knox Surf Mexico - Reef Salty Summers

Surf in mexico with rob machado and taylor knox from the reef movie ¨Salty Summers¨

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Reef Departures: Taylor Knox

Maybe the Fountain of Youth that Juan Ponce de León sailed the world in search of in the early 1500s was actually right under the bow of his boat. Look at Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, and Taylor Knox — all approaching 50, but you’d never guess it. Is it possible the ocean is actually the sought-after “water of life”? Taylor just celebrated his 46th birthday, but his surfing isn’t even close to slowing down. While many of his former ‘CT peers have long since moved on from professional surfing to coach, work in broadcasting, or work in the industry, Taylor (along with Kelly, Rob, and Shane) are the last men of the Momentum generation still paid to surf. And, amazingly, they’ve hardly lost a step. Just watch Taylor’s latest edit, filmed and edited by Sam Moody. It’s shot entirely in North County, San Diego and at Lowers, and puts Taylor’s smooth lines on lovely display. A three-minute edit, and not one air! It’s been 10 years since Taylor’s biopic, Arc, but you can’t help but think his surfing today still belongs in that film.

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Surfing is Everything: Taylor Knox

When the water temps drop in California, Taylor Knox perks up. Dormant breaks come to life, conditions switch offshore, and Taylor thrives off being in the right spot at the right time. Suit up with T Knox, and see why Surfing Is Everything to him. #SurfingIsEverything Starring: Taylor Knox Film & Edit: Justin Jung

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