The reverse drop knee


Backside reverse drop knee turn

The reverse drop knee turn is a modern turn. You don't see it in old surf films, but contemporary longboarders like Wingnut and Kevin Conelly use it often.

Kevin Conelly performing a frontside reverse drop knee turn

It's a bit hard to explain if you've never seen one. Your front foot is cross stepped back onto the tail to initiate the turn. The new back foot presses down on the rail like a normal drop knee. The front foot is very turned out, and your upper body twists against your lower body.

Wingnut discribes the reverse turn as a cross foot cutback, calling it "an accident". He reasons that surfers discovered this turn by chance. Any time you backpedal a few steps into a cutback it's likely that your feet will wind up with the wrong foot on the tail.

In surfing, the reverse turn can be an effective bottom turn as well as a backpedal cutback. It has a "stally" feel to it, because your weight is farther back than on the regular drop knee.

The most common reverse turn is the backside reverse turn. From the drop position, bring your back foot up next to your front foot. Now reach back to do a drop knee, only instead of reaching back with your back foot, put your normal front foot back on the tail. Place your toe on the heelside and press down on the tail and rail.

Your legs will be closer together than with the normal drop knee, because they are crossed. It makes the turn a little harder to control, because you don't have as much leverage. Plus it's basically a switch stance turn, and therefore will be hard to master.

As mentioned before, the backside reverse drop knee, because the little toe presses the rail, is positioned just like the skiing telemark turn. It also has the same flaw because the back foot position is weak for carving.


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