themathteacher wrote:Sounds like it's not your pop up. You should be glidding into the wave, not being elevated then shot out.
Which might for me explain the times I'm either:
a) Left standing as the wave continues on without me, or ...
b) Carried a little distance "on top" of the wave, then plummet at a seeming 45 degree angle as the wave breaks under me
Result (b) is a lot worse! It's like I'm not dropping down the face of the wave, it's heading over the falls while standing on my board, with a spectacular nose dive the only possible outcome. At my local beach break it's tough because ever since Hurricane Irene, we have a wide shallow section maybe 50 yards out where they just jack up fast and dump. So it seems the margin between "too early to catch the wave" and "late takeoff" is very small.