Lien/Backside grab

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Julian Wilson performing a lien grab. Photograph © Ryan Miller
Jordy Smith performing a backside grab (sometimes called a backside lien grab). Photograph © Ryan Miller

A lien grab is a maneuver where, while frontside, the surfer grabs the heel-side rail with his/her leading hand. A backside grab is identical, but performed while the surfer is travelling backside.

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