Stab Magazine | This Is How You Fall In The Tube Without Dying, Featuring Nate Florence

This Is How You Fall In The Tube Without Dying, Featuring Nate Florence

Question: is being a “wipeout expert” a good or bad thing?

cinema // Jul 27, 2020
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Like death and taxes, closeouts are an unavoidable aspect of a surfer’s existence.

Even the most perfect, ruler edge points dish the occasional clamper. For the surfer who enjoys average to below-average conditions, this is nothing but a mere annoyance, but for those who enjoy riding medium/large waves, taking off on a closeout could mean a lot more than a soggy sinus. Lucky for you, the middle Flo Bro has you covered.

In terms of his expertise, we believe there to be no one better suited to discuss this topic than Nathan. Not only does he consistently push the limits from Backdoor to Puerto, both of which are known for dishing their fair share of closeouts, but growing up with John as an older brother and constantly having to battle for waves at Ehukai means that N.Flo’s closeout:age ratio is second to none.

In terms of the breakdown itself, it’s about as thorough as you could hope. Above you’ll find answers to how to handle closeouts when you have time to jump, when you don’t have time to jump, frontside, backside, and what to do over reef vs. sand. If you’re constantly walking away from sessions more worked than you should be, we highly recommend you click in above. Pencils out!


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