Re: surfing reefs and rock bottoms
it all depends on a few factors. as mentioned above, the "spot to be at" tends to be relatively small, and if it's a reef or point break going off, then it'll most likely be crowded, unless you are located on an unknown spot in South Africa or something. also, another thing to consider, at least for reef breaks, is the layout of the reef...in particular the depth of water at certain tides. a really shallow reef can make for a terrible day. if it's not very deep, make sure you're wiping out correctly. you want to keep your body shallow. don't ball up.
there's a lot of things to consider. just do it, you'll figure them out. in my opinion, there's nothing like a great point break...especially being a longboarder. and the consistency of a reef break is a great feel.