All good waves begin with a well-executed takeoff. While the takeoff is one of the most overlooked parts of riding a wave, getting to your feet quickly can set you up for executing the right maneuver down the line. In this tutorial, pro surfer Josh Kerr shares the techniques he’s used to help numerous people improve the most fundamental part of their surfing. From how to time your pop-up to where to place your arms and feet and where to focus your gaze, Josh will show you how to adjust your technique depending on the type of waves you’re surfing.

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