I've been surfing for about a year on a McTavish production mal. Here on the Surf Coast of Victoria we just had a fortnight of perfect 6-8 ft swell that I wasn't about to touch with my 9'6" pole. I probably could've zig zagged my way out on some of the point breaks (the beachies were a total walled-up no-go) but the idea of screwing up and pearling on one of those heavy mothers after I tried to take off too far inside gave me the heebs.
So what I'm wondering is, am I just not good enough? Or is there a size of wave where even the most experienced among you put away the mal and pull out the shortboard or else hang out and watch from the beach?