*backhand for the smartarses!!
the forever question..
Nothing like sliding into a forehand drop/pit..side-sliding down the face..not much control-hanging on then pulling in..but then again..nothing like air dropping-rail catching then slotted pigdog through a psycho pit..FUCK !! tough choice!!
doesn't matter which way , long as it's a good wave.
I think i surf ok forehand on my day and barrel riding comes easy, I can surf any kind of wave forehand from wedges to down the line tubes.
While backhand is my weakness especially tube riding, backhand i prefer long playful waves, kinda sad because i love Indo so much and im a natural footer :(
I guess its because where i live and other places i lived like the Goldie/Sunny coast etc its mostly rights and im more confident in rights so if theres the choice say a right and a left bank ill go right, in a way say hours of water time you could say ive been surfing 20+ years forehand and maybe 5 years max backhand.
Another point to consider though - stamina. I reckon I can last the distance much more on my forehand; backhand surfing seems to exhaust me more easily because of the extra exertion require to muscle into turns.
Or maybe that's just me?
Backhand. I'm a natural footer living in a place which dishes out heavy left hand tubes. I love my forehand too but nothing blows my mind like backdooring a heaving left and pulling up under the lip. It's not as intuitive as forhand tube riding so you have to trust your positioning. It took my a while and some beatings to work out the right line but once you nail I think it's the best feeling in surfing!
Forehand is like a Women's good slap on ya face.?
Backhand is a Gentleman"s wake the fuck up, what are you doing slap in ya face?
I reckon the type of waves surfed in formative years influence your preferences down the track (similar to what YS and ID mention above). I grew up as a goofy surfing the righthand points of the Surf Coast. I can remember at the time wishing I had more opportunity to get on my forehand, but it really helped force me to develop a strong backhand. Backhand can feel quite unnatural at the start, so itâ€™s easy to avoid it if youâ€™re surrounded by forehand waves. I'm up in Sydney now but still love backhand and only really feel at a disadvantage if itâ€™s hollow â€“ again a throwback to the type of waves I surfed growing up.
Long story short, forehand if itâ€™s hollow or very small, backhand if itâ€™s more tapered or slightly lumpy.