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drop-knee turn


A longboard variation on the frontside cutback or backside bottom turn, where the trailing knee is bent inward and lowered throughout the turn, with the kneecap sometimes dropping all the way to the deck of the board, just behind the front foot. The drop-knee was invented by California surfer Gard Chapin in the late 1930s or early 1940s as a way to leverage turns out of the heavy wooden boards of the period. Not a particularly functional maneuver as practiced today, but showy in the best sens...