To practice the technique of the “arms-up” re-entry.


Explain the situations when an arms-up re-entry should be performed. Demonstrate how to perform a quality arms-up re-entry and ask the surfers to simulate the action on the beach. Explain how the scoring for this drill is allocated.


  • Send the surfers out into the surf for 20 minutes. Score each wave normally out of 10 points.
  • But award 3 bonus points for every successfully completed“arms-up” re-entry. These additional bonus points are to encourage the surfers to attempt the target manoeuvre.


The “arms-up” or “lift” re-entry is a manoeuvre that is used to climb vertically up an already broken wave, or foam section.

It provides a lift force to the surfer from the forceful lifting of the arms vertically upward.

This lift force accelerates the surfer faster than if the arms were not used. The technique for performing the “arms-up” re-entry is:

  •  Perform a quality bottom turn and recognise that they are faced with a lip or foam ball to climb
  • As the surfer comes out of the turn they forcefully lift both arms above their head
  • The surfer will lift with the surfboard as it travels up the wave face to a position where their front foot is above the lip or foam on impact
  • Let the wave bring the surfer back down and land in a centred and crouched stance. There are situations where the surfer needs to rotate away from the lip [ like when performing a normal re-entry], but the lifting of the arms should occur before any rotation during this manoeuvre.