Regular or Goofy? 2 words that are frequently used in the surfing world. But do you know what they mean and how they might effect your SUPing?
Regular or Goofy refers to the preference of a particular foot in the leading position (infront). A regular stance indicates the left foot in front, and a goofy stance indicates the right foot in front. No one stance is better than the other. It all comes down to personal preference and what feels more comfortable and natural to you.
Some people automatically know what their preferred stance is, but others need to find out. You can do this by trying out both stances on the water and seeing which feels more natural, or stand on dry land with your feet together, get pushed unexpectantly from behind and see which foot you naturally put forward. This is likely to be your leading foot.
Once you know your preferred stance you’ll then know which foot to put your leash on (the back foot).
Being comfortable in either regular or goofy stance is vital if you want to master getting into the waves and manoeuvres such as setback turns.
Feature image : Marie Buchanan by Greg Dennis