turn turtle

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Method of pushing through a broken wave in which the surfer, paddling directly toward an oncoming line of whitewater, grips the rails of his board with both hands—sometimes wrapping his feet around the edges as well—flips upside down and holds on as the wave passes overhead. The idea is to present the lowest possible profile to the wave. Turning turtle was probably developed in the 1920s or '30s, ...

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