To teach surfers the importance of looking where they want their surfboard to go.


Explain the importance of looking where you want to go in surfing. Give examples of the times when this is of critical importance.


  • 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 them to surf each wave normally. 
  • When they perform the target manoeuvre ask them to say “look” to tell their body to look at the specific area of the wave.


This drill can be used when surfers are having problems in vertical manoeuvres, snaps, and cutbacks.

In snaps for example, many surfers continue to look down the lines as they perform their snaps.

This lack of head turn restricts the twisting of the trunk and hips and reduces the amount of torque force produced and applied to their surfboard.

This is characterised by the completion of half manoeuvres when more complete manoeuvres are possible.

In cutbacks, if a surfer looks at the bottom of the foamball, they will go there.

Alternatively, if they look to the apex, the likelihood of a high rebound is increased. A useful mnemonic to remember is “where you look is where you go