Should I be angling or trying to turn - or both?
Hi guys -
I've only just joined this site, but it looks like people are very willing to help, even on the most basic of queries, which is good because I've got another one or two for you here!
I've been surfing for around 6months now and am riding a 9'2" epoxy longboard - I'm not the smallest of guys, so it seems to give me the level of balance and buoyancy that I need for my body type and also for my basic level of skill. I can get to my feet quite often, but am aware that I'm using my knee a bit, rather than popping up, so I'm working on getting rid of the bad habit. I have 'gone across the wave' once or twice, by angling the board slightly as I paddle towards the shore, but this is still a rare treat for me.
I generally surf at Llangennith near Swansea, Wales and about once a week. Its early winter and so there are (far) less people in the water now (only the fanatics and the lunatics left) so I'm getting the space that I need to practice and learn, but I just can't quite seem to crack the next step somehow. I'm watching others as they appear to effortlessly pop to their feet, then go floating off across the wave. They also seem to be popping up quite late into the wave, rather than as soon as the wave has taken them, then off they glide to whichever side they choose. Whilst I always enjoy my surf sessions, I can't help but feel green with envy.
So, here are my questions guys - I hope that you can work out what I'm trying to describe. Firstly, should I continue to crack the 'pop' before anything else - is it THAT fundamental to getting to the next stage? Secondly, should I be paddling straight towards the beach and then (before or just after?) I start to drop down the face, try to physically turn towards the direction that I wish to go, or should I stick with angling and then trying to stand up in that same initial direction, rather than concentrating on trying to turn in?
I hope you can work out what I'm trying to say and I'd really appreciate any tips that you can give me.