I have watched some surf videos of myself and noticed something that I noticed on my board as well (btw: I have fish 5'10): I am not good at making speed. For example: when I make a take off in an unbroken wave, I stand up, make the turn, but then the wave starts to break and the white water is just ahead of me, and stays there. I was wondering how I could overtake the white water and surf in the unbroken part of the wave again..?
Another example is when I surf an unbroken wave, I look kinda slow... But it would be great if I could go faster and 'make some distances' on the waves..
A small video to give you a better idea: