I'm not sure what has changed as I havent been onto the main site for ages!
But I went for a quick look around. I dont think there are major issues but a couple of things...
- Assuming that a lot of people are newbies, the 'lessons' bit should be more prominent rather than over on the right hand side, and a drop down menu rather than a link. Also, 'lessons' maybe sounds like somewhere you'd book lessons - maybe something more like 'how to surf'.
- I think the order of stuff isnt quite right. Not all that many people are interested in the surf map, so that probably shouldnt be right at the top. Assuming people are looking for something specific rather than surf photos or videos, again I think these should be shifted down.
- The very top bit that tells people what SW actually is
should be more prominent, and contain links to the bits that it mentions.
- Generally a bit too much text. Maybe have just the headlines for the news, and fewer articles listed.
You can tell I've been building my own website recently can't you?