Hovering, neutral-edged maneuver, where the surfer distributes his weight evenly across the center of the board and "floats" laterally across the whitewater—or on top of the curl as it pitches over—before dropping back down the wave face.

Australia's Mark Sainsbury, 1986 world amateur champion, is often credited as the first to master the floater, but it was Cheyne Horan, also from Australia, and Davey Smith of Santa Barbara, California, who more or less simultaneously invented the move in t...