This is my first post on this forum, so I'd like to introduce myself first: I'm Tim, a [very] beginner surfer from NYC. Found this forum via Goodle search - looks like a friendly, informative place, so I decided to give it a try. I took a surfing lesson on Lido Beach (surf2live, Eliott instructing) a few weeks ago, liked it right away, and bought myself an 1970's 9'6" longboard. Took it out to Jones Beach two times already, catching a grand total of 4 waves. My progress has been slow so far, but I am getting there. I think I know what my problems are - wasting too much energy to paddle out through the breaking waves (my board is a pig), and popping up too slowly and too early.
Now, the questions I definitely need outside opinions on:
1. Sitting on the board.
Once I paddle past the area where the waves break, I sit up on my board and start looking fora the right wave. My board is very difficult to menauver, and it takes forever to turn it around, so I sit with my back to the waves. This way, once I spot a good wave, I don't waste time turning around. Other surfers (shortboarders) face the waves. Am I doing the right thing? Is it OK to sit like that?
When I pearl, the board sometimes shoots up from the water like a cork from a champagne bottle. Not sure if it is my board (has a lot of float), or whether all longboards do that. Anyway, I am very concerned about the board landing on top of my head, knocking me unconscious. Are my worries justified? Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
I do appologize if I posted these questions in a wrong section of the forum. Feel free to direct me to the right place! I am planning to become a permanent and contributing member. Again, thanks in advance for any advice offered.