To teach surfers the skill of surfing rail-to-rail through fat section on waves.


Explain the situations when rail-to-rail surfing should be performed. Demonstrate how to surf rail-to-rail 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. 
  •  Award 3 bonus points if the surfer surfs through the fat section on a wave by using rail-to-rail surfing.
  • These additional bonus points are to encourage the surfers to attempt the target manoeuvre. If a surfer bounces or hops through a section no bonus points are awarded.


Too often, a surfer’s first response to a fat section on a wave is to “bounce” or “hop” through that section.

This should be considered a lack of skill shown by the surfer, as “bouncing” should be the last option selected, never the first.

Rail-to-rail surfing looks better and the surfer maintains more speed through the fat sections.

This drill is an ideal drill in surf where there is a peak out the back with a deep hole between it and the shore break that the surfer must negotiate.