To get surfers putting themselves or their surfboard above the lipline of the wave on every manoeuvre.


Ask the surfers to go for a light jog on the beach followed by stretching exercises.

Clarify with them the effort expected by the coach and explain the benefits of the training to their surfing performances.


  • Send the surfers out into the surf for 20 minutes or for a specific number of waves (between 3-6, depending on the conditions). 
  • Ask the surfers to try to put the surfboard or themselves above the lipline on all their moves. They can do this a number of ways. 
  • They can do this a number of ways.
  • During vertical re-entries the nose of the surfboard sticks above the wave, on snaps the spray rises above the wave, on cutbacks the nose of the surfboard sticks above the foam on the rebound off the foam, and finally the surfers themselves are above the lipline on floaters.


This drill forces the surfer to surf with commitment.

The surfer must make every manoeuvre as complete as possible to achieve the goal of getting above the lipline.

The lipline can be thought of as the very top of a wave, the part one would ride while performing a floater

Note: Coloured surfboards will stand out more than clear surfboards when performing lipline manoeuvres as strong colours will leave a more lasting illusion on the viewer.