How to ride drop-knee in bodyboarding

Drop-Knee: learn how to do it like Dave Hubbard | Photo: IBA/Trouville

The art of drop-knee bodyboarding has been evolving over time. Learn how to get from a prone position to the DK riding style.

Drop-knee has its secrets and special tricks.

You'll never be a complete bodyboarder if you haven't managed a way to draw the surf line in the kneeling position.

When Tom Morey invented boogie boarding in 1971, it was all about laying your body and chest over the sponge.

The drop-knee technique comes later and blends bodyboarding, surfing, and kneeboarding.

If you've never tried to drop-knee while riding a wave, it's time to give it a go. It is easier than you might think, although it will require practice.

Two extra tips: train the DK position on the beach before hitting the waves and use the bodyboard leash on the back foot.

Drop-Knee 101

Follow these steps, and you'll get it:

  1. Get a large bodyboard with good buoyancy control and small fins;
  2. Catch a small-to-medium-sized mushy wave with a wide open section;
  3. When riding at full speed, grab the rails;
  4. Slide your knees to the center of the board with a wide stance and legs close to the rails;
  5. Leave the back foot/fin off the board and the front foot one palm away from the nose;
  6. Find your balance and adjust the weight on the board;
  7. Release your hands from the board;
  8. Use your upper body and arms to steer the board;
  9. Grab rails to turn fast or to pass strong wave sections;
  10. Bodyboards don't have fins, so weight positioning is critical to control the board;