An essential move to learn, mastering frontside carves and cutbacks will help you progress from the beginner to intermediate stage.

1. A cutback will take you back to the power source of the wave ( pocket of wave )
( Different variations can be linked together the starting principles for this manoeuvre are the same. )

2. After the bottom turn, you must rock from toe rail onto heel rail as you approach the top half of the wave. This will set your surfboard's tilt correctly.

3. Think. The higher you place your board in the wave, the thinner the water will be in the lip. Meaning slicing spray off the top will be easier! 

Carve back mid-face and you are pushing more water mass. Making throwing the spray a bit harder!
4. All manoeuvres are in sequence using your body - where you look is where you go. First look, then this movement will transfer through shoulders,arms, torso, legs, board!

5. Look back over shoulder at the pocket behind you. Then reach your leading arm behind you. Straight away you have opened up your body to arc back. Look first then pivot with arm. Keep pushing your board hard with your back leg while on heel edge.

6. Your board is now pointing back into the pocket. One variation is the roundhouse cutback, bouncing back off white water (two moves in one so becoming more advanced) Keep things simple to start!
 
7. To re-direct your board back down the line and away from the pocket, it's quite easy. The hard part is pulling the board back! Again look where you want to go, twist the shoulders and hips a little and the wave's power should push you in the correct direction and onto the next section of the wave and your next turn!

8. Try and guide the board around using correct body positioning rather than brute force. If you push too hard you will dig your rail and over balance onto one side of the board- resulting in loosing speed or falling completely.

During this stage of the learning process (cut backs) excitement is very high. Good luck!
 
Osprey Team Rider Tom ButlerSurfer: Osprey team rider Tom Butler, Photo: Mike Teagle