cheater five


Noseriding move invented and popularized by Hawaii's Paul Strauch in the early 1960s, where the surfer moves to the front third of the board, crouches, and extends the leading foot to the board's tip. "Cheater" refers to the fact the surfer's weight is almost all on the rear foot, a yard or more away from the nose of the board; "five" means that five toes are lined up on the front end.

The cheater five is the only type of noseride that can be performed in bigger surf. In 1965, 17-year-old Jeff Hakman of Hawaii clinched the inaugural Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Classic after racing through a hot Sunset Beach section in full cheater five stance; Paul Strauch was runner-up. The cheater five is mostly a longboard-only move. Also known as a "Strauch crouch" or a "stretch five."