June 21, 2022 4 min read

Getting a barrel is the holy grail of surfing. However, not all surfers are born with impressive skills and experience. Some simply don't have the right mindset and proper surf equipment to barrel.

Confidence helps them chase barrels without a great deal of surfing experience. Once in the tube, a confident surfer has a better chance of getting out of it. In other words, patience is an important virtue.

Twisting Off the Top Allows the Surfing Board to Pivot off Its Wide Point in the Centre

Backdooring is a technique for surfing hollow waves by taking off behind the peak and riding the barrel through it. Most often, the take-off point is the peak while backdooring is done further down the shoulder.

As a rule, breaking waves become less steep in deeper water and fade away. When this occurs, surfers attempt to regain control of the wave by riding through the backed-off sections and hoping to find a re-formation section of the wave in shallower water.

Getting Barreled Is the Surfers' “Holy Grail of Surfing”

Getting barreled is the ultimate surfer's goal. No matter what the wave is, it's bound to be epic, but getting barreled is a truly special experience. A wave that folds over your head and spits in your face is a barrel! This incredible feeling is indescribable and there aren't enough words to describe it. Getting barreled is one of the most exciting and elusive maneuvers to learn.

surfer touching waves

The first step in learning to get barreled is finding a wave that is right for you. This requires the ability to make quick decisions, read your surroundings, and adjust your body and board accordingly. You must also have a strong belief in your ability to make it out of the tube. Once you can believe in yourself, the rest will come naturally. You'll soon find yourself chasing barrels more often.

Getting barreled is an elusive skill, but it's possible to become one of these surfers. The first step to getting barreled is to find a wave that is close to shore. In most cases, this will be a beach break, but a river mouth or reef break will also give you an opportunity to practice your barreling technique. It's also a good idea to surf in windy conditions and during offshore winds.

A good way to practice barreling is to spend time surfing closeout beach breaks and learning the proper techniques of stalling. Getting barreled is a rare, and difficult, skill that will make you a better surfer. It requires a lot of courage, but you can definitely achieve it. By applying pressure to your rear foot while dragging your hand in front of the wave, you can catch a few barrels before you're knocked off the board. With a bit of practice, you'll soon be barrelling with ease.


When a surfer is in a barrel or hollow part of the wave, they often reach out and touch the wave. This is known as "stroking the wave." There are a few reasons why surfers do this. First, it is a way to show respect to the wave. Second, it can create a more smooth ride inside the barrel. Lastly, some believe it can help them stay inside the barrel longer. Whatever the reason, stroking the wave is a common practice among surfers.


Why does the surfer touch the wave with his hand?

When a surfer is paddling out to catch a wave, he will sometimes reach out and touch the wave with his hand. Why do surfers touch the wave? There are a few reasons for touching the wave.

First, it can help the surfer gauge the size and power of the wave. Second, it can help the surfer get a better feel for the water conditions and the wave before committing to riding it, so it can help with balance and speed control. And finally, it can be a way of showing respect for the ocean and the waves.

Is getting barreled hard? What is a barrel?

Anyone who's spent any time surfing knows that one of the best feelings in the world is getting barreled on big wave surfing. But what exactly is a barrel, and how hard is it to get one? A barrel is when a wave breaks over the surfer, forming a tunnel of sorts around them. It's an amazing feeling and one that takes a lot of skill to achieve.

It's not impossible to get barreled, but it usually takes some practice with your surfboard. But once you've experienced it, you'll be hooked!

What is it like to get barreled?

For anyone who doesn't know, getting barreled is one of the best feelings in surfing. It's when a wave can break over you and you're inside the tube of the wave. It's a completely disorienting and exhilarating experience. I can't really describe what it's like, you just have to experience the power of the waves for yourself. Some of the world's famous athletes when surfing have said that they feel amazing when they enter the barrel.

Author - Fred Felton
Fred Felton          

Content Creator / Editor

Fred Felton is a copywriter, editor and social media specialist based in Durban, South Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in creating high end content. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. Currently Fred specialises in the adventure watersports space, focussing on surf, kayak and rafting. He is also a keynote speaker and has presented talks and workshops in South Africa.

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