Nice spilling waves. Good conditions for sea kayak surfing.
Now I'm not saying I can do this well. It's just something I've been working on.
When he's in an extended sidesurf and in the whitewater pile, sidesurfing is pretty much an uncontrolled position. It's fun, but you can't control direction. You're just along for a good ride. It's all a part of it.
It does look like he may be able to quickly crank that kayak back into a forward surfing position at different times in the video. Maybe easier said than done. I usually need a moment to get to where I feel confident going for a strong maneuver out of a sidesurf. But it looks like he's in a nice position to do that in a few places. Like right before he gets spun into a back surf, his stern stalls, and he gets spun and rolled. He's definitely in a friendly sea kayak for that type of maneuvering.
I've recently been around some people who have talked about this, and teach this. Sort of the idea of making an art of using the top of the wave to make maneuvers, control direction, and continue on.
This is definitely not a criticism. I put him at the top of the game in sea kayaking. But I know among my friends out doing this kind of stuff, we're always looking for that next little edge in skills and control.
What do you think? Do you recognize a couple spots where you think a person could crank that boat out of its side-surf back forward with a quick move? Or do you think I'm crazy? Has anyone out there gotten quite good at it?