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island pullout


A longboard-only variation on the pullout, in which the rider, crouched on the front third of the board, pushes the nose section underwater, swings the tail around toward shore, stalls, and lets the wave pass by. The island pullout is almost always done in small surf.

Probably developed in Waikiki in the 1920s or '30s—"island" refers to the Hawaiian Islands. California's Tommy Zahn is remembered as the first Mainland surfer to have mastered the island pullout, sometime in the late '40s. A mo...