The Art Of The Wipeout By Hannah Bristow
I wouldn’t consider myself an expert in a lot of things, maybe just in the art form of making a good cup of tea, my knowledge of the Sons Of Anarchy Tv Series and knowing how often Chris Hemsworth gets his abs out in the movie Thor (the answer is a lot). There is, however, one subject which I feel I can call myself an expert and thats in the wipeout category. Now I don’t want to brag but I don’t only specialise in the art of wipeouts when it comes to surfing but also skating, snowboarding and in general day to day life. I feel like a lot of you might be able to relate to this.
I used to be one of those girls who really got embarrassed if some one saw me stack it and I looked really awkward which I think makes the whole thing 10 times worse. If you feel awkward then everyone around you feels awkward and its just not a great situation. So through filming Kelly Says I’ve kind of learned to embrace the wipeouts and enjoy them as much as I do an actually decent wave. Maybe I’m a little late to the party and everyone does this already but I feel like I’ve made up for lost time.
I always thought that people (and when I saw people I mean guys) would generally think I was stupid/crap/should get out the water but I genuinely think that as long as they can see you trying, they are actually impressed and stoked for you. I try to claim my wipeouts like Adriana De Souza claims a 2 point ride on the WSL, it takes a lot of effort but I think I’m getting there. I just feel like you’ve got to own them. Ive actually done this in a few surf competitions that when I’ve face planted or gone over the falls, i’ve thrown up my hands being like “give me a 10”! They never have. Hopefully it brightens their day up though.
So I doubt this will be the only post on wipeouts but we’d love to hear your best wipeouts or worst wipeouts or any wipeouts!
See you all in the surf, I’ll be the one doing the Superman pose down the face of the wave….on my belly
Words by Hannah Bristow