I noticed something I have been doing wrong at points.
I have always paddled towards the beach or angled slightly down the line. I realize now that it's best if you paddle towards the point. Especially on small days. On a longboard it probably doesn't matter as much, but on a shortboard, if you take the wrong angle, you're not going anywhere.
Also, anybody else run into issues generating enough speed on small days at a point to keep with the breaking wave? It seems easier to stay on a shoulder at a beach. I would imagine that's why the break is 99% longboarders, but I just want to make sure I'm not missing something.