Escape maneuver generally performed on a medium-size or larger closeout wave, in which the surfer aims for shore, drops to his stomach, grips the board's rails, and tries to ride out the whitewater explosion. Prone-outs were common before the introduction of the surf leash in the early 1970s, as it gave the surfer a chance to avoid a board-retrieving swim. The prone-out is still used as an alterna...

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