Re: Missing the waves
ah, then you're on the right track. reading waves just takes time to learn. surfline.com describes your spot as crowded so try to take note where other people are sitting and emulate (watch your manners though, and keep a polite distance). also note that some days are worse than others. if the waves are steep and/or break all at once you're going to have a hard time that day; just roll with it, or maybe ride the whitewater. seek out round crumbly waves with discernible slow-breaking shoulders. generally speaking: the rounder the wave, the larger window of time you have to catch it.
also, breaking waves are shaped by the sea floor. every wave will tell you something about how the floor is shaped which will tell you how the next wave will break. it's kind of like trying to understand a landscape by a flickering light. watch, take note, and you'll soon learn to predict where you need to be for the sets. know too that the tide, swell, currents, and sandbars are constantly changing so stay flexible.
i recommend buying a board. They each have their own sweet spots for balance and you're not doing yourself any favors by adding that variable into the mix.
for some good old cheezy one-with-the-wave inspiration go rent The North Shore: "when the wave breaks here, don't be there, or you're gonna get drilled..." hahaha