To practice the technique of the “lipline” re-entry.


Explain the situations when a “lipline” re-entry could be performed. Demonstrate how to perform a quality “lipline” 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. 
  • Award 3 bonus points for every successfully completed“lipline” re-entry. These additional bonus points are to encourage the surfers to attempt the target manoeuvre.


The “lipline” re-entry is an advanced manoeuvre that is used to perform a final manoeuvre successfully in hollow waves. The technique of the “lipline” re-entry is also extremely useful when teaching novice surfers how to perform basic re-entries. That is, hit the apex of the foam and don’t try to get too vertical.

The technique for performing a “lipline” re-entry is:

  • Perform a quality bottom turn
  • Aim for the apex of the lip or foam (don’t stick the nose of the surfboard
    over the top of the lip) Hit the lip, Hard BUT Flat
  • Ride the lipline down as the wave closes out. Try to keep the surfboard’s
    stinger on the lipline for the duration of the descent down to the wave’s
  • The surfer should centre over the stringer of the surfboard on landing by
    crouching low, chest over front knee body position.