A friend once asked me if I would prefer to have a boyfriend who was an amazing pro surfer sponsored by Quiksilver, but terrible in bed; or a boyfriend that had dreadful poo stance but was incredible in the sack. Actually she didn’t quite use those words, but modesty prevents me from repeating her exact articulation. If you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘poo stance’ it refers to a surfer who stands on their surfboard with their bottom sticking out and bending at the waist. It looks like they are going to the bathroom. It’s also known as stink bug stance, or stripper butt.
But back to my friend’s question, and I chose the second option, the guy with the poo stance. I made that decision because poo stance is not a crime, and it can be easily corrected. A lot of beginner surfers will stand in poo stance, so we’ve all been there at some point. Also there are some professional surfers such as current World Champion Gabriel Medina, Adriano de Souza, and Sally Fitzgibbons who are often referred to as having a ‘boxy’, parallel shinned stance.
In this video I run through lots of examples of poo stance, and ways to fix it. If you’re wondering why there are no toilet noises in the video, well unfortunately the boss very loudly forbade me from including them…
I hope this video is useful because I think stance is a very important issue which often gets overlooked. How you carry yourself on the wave says a lot and sets your overall style. Your stance is like the first position in ballet, or the posture a golfer has before the swing. If your surf stance is good then learning turns and manoeuvres is going to be much easier.
At Pura Vida Adventures we use lots of drills to make sure that beginner students have a solid stance. If you’re looking for a surf camp where all the instructors are cool surfer dudes smoking doobies, then this is probably not the right place for you. However if you’re looking for articulate, intelligent teachers then we have a lot to offer. Here’s a recap of some the video’s main points: