I'm a beginner surfer and my surfboard is a gun (medium sized board made for big waves). I realize that this is not the ideal board for a beginner but it is all I have now.
I have been using the board for a while, started in breaking waves and now am going further out for larger waves, where I do better. My question is this. Are there special considerations I need to know for using a gun? The main thing I've begun to be aware of is that I really have to get my front foot up as far as I can on my popup and then push down hard or I fall off backward. I'm still having a hard time getting up though and also struggle with sitting on the board.
Does anyone have advice for me?