Noseriding is one of the major cornerstones of longboard surfing.
It’s where the rider perches themselves on the front tip of their board like the hood ornament on a luxury car.
It’s a precarious balancing act that is in equal parts, functional manoeuvre and total unabashed showmanship.
Hanging five or ten toes over the “nose” of their board gives the surfer a magical feeling of floating across the wave face.
A good noseride always starts from the tail of the board. You have to put just the right amount of weight on your back foot, so as to stall the board and take it out of trim. Then, as gracefully as you can, you have to cross step your way to the nose and plant your toes over the front, just as your body weight brings the board back into trim. If you’ve done this perfectly, you’ll be noseriding, if not you’ll be thrown over the front, as your board sinks below the wave.
In an age where main-stream surfing is more about doing huge slashing turns and aerials on tiny, high performance shortboards, the art of longboarding can be easily overlooked.
You see, if shortboarding can be likened to high energy punk rock, then longboarding is most definitely classical music, full of style and subtle movements that are still highly technical but slower paced and some would say, more graceful and pleasing to the eye.