The Best Surfskate Drills from Top Surf Trainers

by | Jan 13, 2022 | Surfskate Drills, Surfskating Tutorials

Looking for surfskate drills to improve your surfing technique? I’ve gathered the best surfskate drills from the top surf trainers in one place to make it easy for you.

When I got into surfskating, I had never surfed in my life. My only frame of reference was longboarding, which I had been doing for a year before getting my first surfskate.

So to learn how to surfskate, I paid for two online courses on surfskating for surfers (the only two I could find). I watched tons of surfskate tutorials. And even though I wasn’t using surfskating to become a better surfer, I did a lot of surfskate drills for surfers.

When I street cruise on my surfskate, I like to go fast, and I don’t do a lot of slow, technical surf maneuvers. However, practicing surfskate drills for surfers has been fundamental to my progress as a surfskater.

Surfskate drills are useful for surfers and non-surfers alike because they:

  • Improve your balance, flexibility, and form.
  • Train your body to fall into the natural flow of surfskate pumping.
  • Ingrain muscle memory, which makes your progress more rapid.
  • Teach you the technical terms of surf maneuvers. (For example, even though I’ve never surfed, because of surfskate drills I know surf terms like “bottom turns,” “backside” and “frontside” pumping, “cutback,” etc. I imagine this would be even more valuable to surfers.)

Keep reading to find the best surfskate drills from the best surf trainers in the world.

If you’re a surfskate beginner looking for detailed surfskate video tutorials, check out my video course, “Surfskating for Non-Surfers.”

10 Surfskate Drills with Cones from Whitezu

Whitezu is a company from Italy that produces modular wave banks for surfskate training. On their website, they feature the following 10 surfskate drills with cones.

Be sure to visit their website for a full explanation of these surfskate drills.

Surfskate Drill #1: Generate speed on a surfskate on a flat area – basic surfskate pumping.

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Surfskate Drill #2: Generate speed on a surfskate, making slalom with cones.

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Surfskate Drill #3: Surfskate Training Bottom Turn with training cones.

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Surfskate Drill #4: Surfskate endless Bottom Turn training cones scheme.

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Surfskate Drill #5: Surfskate training Bottom Turn with Whitezu ONDAzero.

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Surfskate Drill #6: Surfskate training Rail to Rail with cones and ONDAzero surfskate wave.

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Surfskate Drill #7: Surfskate training Off the Lip with ONDAzero surfskate wave and cones.

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Surfskate Drill #8: Surfskate training Roundhouse CutBack with Whitezu ONDAzero and cones.

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Surfskate Drill #9: Surfskate training Cut Back Re-Entry with cones on a flat area.

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Surfskate Drill #10: Surfskate Cut Back Re-entry-training with cones and ONDAzero surfskate wave.

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Surfskate Drills Training Course from Unisurfity

Unisurfity has this great little surfskate drills course, with a full explanation on their website:

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The Top 5 Surfskate Drills from How to Rip

How to Rip is a YouTube channel for surfers. They offer this great video with surfskate drills covering the following topics:

  • Heel-to-toe transition
  • Extension and compression
  • Bottom turns
  • Cutbacks and carves
  • Snaps
  • Speed generation
  • Developing flow

The Ultimate Surfskate Drills Practice Routine from Kale Brock

Kale Brock is also a surfer with a YouTube channel. His “Ultimate Surfskate Program” is one of the surfskate drills training courses I went through and I got a lot of value out of it.

This YouTube video offers insight into his surfskate drills course:

Cris Mills Surfskate Drills Training Course

The other surfskate drills training course for surfers I went through is this one from Cris Mills, surfer and founder of Surf Strength Coach.

His surfskate drills tutorial on YouTube offers insight into his course:

Surfskate Drills Training Course for Non-Surfers

If you’re a non-surfer like me looking for more surfskate training, check out my video course, “Surfskating for Non-Surfers.”

I created the course after going through all the surfskate training above—and much, much more. I realized that there were many of the movements that surfers take for granted, because they come so intuitive to them.

So I had to reverse engineer every movement in minute detail. So although I’m not a surfer, you may find my teaching style helpful, as I find that it fills in the gaps that I discovered in the surfskate training programs I’ve gone through.

Click here to learn more.