Hi Sigma, First and foremost spend some time looking at the break
where you plan to go out, you will see what way the waves are breaking and this will tell you which way you want to go.
Do you know which foot you have in front when you are surfing the white water? Right foot forward
= goofyfoot, left foot forward
= natural footed. if you are a goofy footer then you will initially be best served riding lefts so a natural will be best on rights. Make this choice first and try that.
This is where it gets confusing until you get out the back. You know what is a left and what is a right when you are facing back towards the beach.
Rights break toward the right, away from you and lefts do it towards the left.
Try making some turns in the white water first to see if you can turn, a good way to go is to find where white reforms and makes a little clean wave catch the white water, turn or angle towards where the wave reforms and see how you go if yo can get onto that.
The level you are at suggests that you need to pick somewhere where you won't be in traffic so you can just get everything together.
So go back to step one look at the break and see how it fits what you need to do, have a good read though this forum and get and surf and surf and surf til it becomes natural.
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