The El-Nonchalanto or the ‘ Look at Me I’m so Calm ‘ manoeuvre.

Ride by Kalle Carranza, pic by Scott Aichner, trim by out the window

The ‘El Nonchalanto ‘ manoeuvre has only really come to prominence with the advent and pairing of digital cameras and waves that are wholly capable of murdering their riders; Pipeline, Teahupo0, Shipsterns, etc etc ..

Young Kalle (pictured) demonstrates a classic Nonchalanto at Teahupoo – A fine example of ‘ Look at me look at me, I’m so fine, here’s me crankin, down the line’

What begs the question here though is who is in the biggest danger of getting belted, Cool Kalle or Scott the Submerged?

– and what is the water snapper’s equivalent of the Nonchalanto, after all he is in an arguably worse predicament.

He’s just (1) taken the shot and (2) dodged El Bueneo Supremo Hombre on his path to a moment’s righteous glory; the lip is now up there somewhere out of sight and heading south with malevolent intent, he also has to avoid getting sucked over and nailed to the reef, then it’s the struggle in with the gear and later on he’s got to buy all the drinks and beg someone to buy the pic – That is of course if he manages to get all of his kit out of the water free of impact damage and salt water immersion.

This is all hardly acceptable. Our thoughts are with you lads.

The El Nonchalanto itself though, as a technical function, does not appear to be in any way a valid form of enhancing The Ride.

In fact subtracting all that weight (the arms upper and lower) from the delicate balancing membrane of mass transfer and velocity displacement required in this particular situation, and then deliberately placing them in a non-advantageous position (as per pic), is foolhardy. Plus you usually end up looking like a dag.

The genus of the phrase El Nonchalanto is down to Mickey Munoz and his El Quasimodo

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