Waiting for some decent surf to show up, I spend most of my time thinking about my surfing progress and what to do next time I'm in the water.
I just realised that I'm messing a bit the very first part of my rides.
As I catch waves pointing to the beach, I pop up as soon as I can and turn the board (usually to the right) almost at the same time. Sometimes I fell*, sometimes my balance is just ok and I enjoy the moment.
But as I said, I wonder if this is a mistake. Should I go straight down the wave and perform a bottom turn? (to gain speed, they say) Am I missing half the speed I could have and the best part of the ride?
Is it a matter of -going straight+bottom turn- or -starting with a angle- choice?
Also: if the surf is small (1ft to 3ft) is a bottom turn worth? Or am I mixing short board things with longboard things?
If someone can clarify this for me it would be much appreciated. I will save lots of precious time!
*as I'm goofy, and break points are R, I'm surfing backhand all the times, which makes my first turn tricky