I am a landlocked surfer crazy about wanting to learn to surf. I've been learning for a few years and manage to surf about 30 days a year while on vacation. Having said that I still pretty much suck. I am catching green waves and doing some turns but now I miss catching a lot of good waves. I hear different advice so I thought I would ask for more thoughts. I'm 5'3" 115lbs and fairly fit but I don't seem to be able to get the speed I need on a 8'6" Steven Slater. I see some people catch waves with two or three strokes while I paddle like a madwoman and get left behind.
I'm looking back more as I paddle and that has helped a bit to judge what's coming but I still have a lot to learn about what I'm looking at.
So far I have heard:
- Get a longer board - but I'm small and want something I can still turn and my arms are only long enough to carry a ~22" wide board. I see most posts recommend a much smaller board for someone my size
- What about a different board shape ? What kinds of shapes make for fast paddling and does this create other disadvantages
- Paddle harder - I think I'm leaving it all out there but apparently not. What tips to you have to be a more effective paddler?
- Sometimes I'm afraid to catch the wave I'm paddling into and pull back at the last second so I miss it. I have missed some of the best waves because of my chickenhead !
- Be more agro ! I'm trying !
- What about positioning on the wave. I often sit a little inside hoping to catch the smaller cast-off waves from the better surfers but sometimes that means I get caught inside so I'm a little torn about where to settle in
Enough babbling. Let's see what you think.