Goofy or Regular?

You’ve probably heard the terms ‘goofy’ and ‘regular’ before in regards to board-sports. Whether you’re skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, or doing anything else that involves two feet and riding a board! 

Finding out which foot you lead with is important before you try and catch your first wave. It allows you to have better control over your board, as well as making it easier to pop-up and find your position quickly on the wave.

What is Regular Stance?

Riding Regular means you surf with your left foot forward and your right foot back, your back foot is used to control and turn the board, so your dominant foot will be back. 

What is Goofy Stance?

In contrast, riding Goofy means you have your right foot forward and your left foot back. It might sound a bit like an insult, but Goofy is just slightly less common than Regular. Just like less people are left-handed. 

There’s been a lot of discussion about where the phrase Goofy came from, and it may just be thanks to the famous Disney cartoon dog of the same name. In 1937, Walt Disney released a short animation called Hawaiian Holiday, want to hazard a guess at which foot Goofy himself had forward? 

Am I Regular or Goofy? 

There are a number of tests people suggest for figuring out which stance you are when surfing. If you have played football you will probably already know which is your dominant foot, this will most likely be the same with surfing. 

There’s also the trick of somebody shoving you from behind and seeing which foot you step out in front of you. Although we’re not fully convinced this is the most reliable way of finding out…

Before you get in the water during a surf lesson your instructors will help you figure out which foot you will be leading with. We usually do this by doing some practice pop-ups on the beach, that way you can find out naturally which position feels right for you. 

Knowing which foot you will be leading with is essential before you get in the water, as your leash will be attached to your back foot. Getting it the wrong way round will lead to getting tied up, and wetter!

Can you be both?

You can, Switch Foot means you can surf with either your right or left foot forward. A lot of talented surfers learn to surf switch so they can surf where the waves break in both directions easier. And for some people it just comes naturally! 

To book your surf lessons in Bude (and get some help on figuring out if you’re Goofy or Regular!) head here and come and join us for some fun in the water!

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