How to Ride Drop-Knee on a Bodyboard

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A drop-knee in bodyboarding is a technique of using the knees to improve maneuverability while at the peak of the wave. Understand the foundation of the drop-knee move with help from an experienced surfing instructor in this free video on water sports.

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Hi, how's it going? My name's Joey Vagnerini of Aussie Island Surf Shop in Wilmington, North Carolina. I'm here today to tell you how to drop-knee on a body board. When you're choosing a bodyboard you want to get a body board that fits you weight. This one's about a forty-one centimeter and that's about a pretty basic size for anybody. On the boogie board it has a leash. You want to strap this on your hand, your dominant hand, like that. And as you get the hang of bodyboarding when you get to the pinnacle of the wave and drop in, one of the tricks that you're going to want to start to try is called a drop-knee. A drop-knee is when you have one foot in the front and one foot in the back and you guide yourself down the wave. It's very important to try this trick as you're in the very pinnacle of the wave. By this I mean at the peak and underneath the wave, as you're at your highest speed to give you the most ability to balance. And the position you want to get in on a drop-knee is as you paddle in to the wave and you get in, you want, and you turn down the wave, you ride for a second and you pop up, and you put one knee on the back and one knee on the front. This allows you to give you more maneuverability at such a surfing and guide down the wave. This is a very hard trick and not any beginner can do this. It's very hard to balance and know the exact time to stand up. However, as you get the hang of it, it will be more of a very fun trick and give you the more drive to ride further in the wave. And this is how to do a drop-knee on a bodyboard.


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