Re:frustrated surfer! wrong board or wrong technique? - 2012/09/23 15:31I agree w/ Doc & Herwig to a point. When you are sitting on the 7 foot board, where does the water meet your body? If it is as high as your chest or over your waist, you are too heavy for the board. If the water is waist high or below, the board is floating you properly. For learning, stick w/ a board over 8 feet. Also, you might be standing to far up towards the middle or nose, that can slow you down and stop you. On a 7-8 foot board, stay over your fin w/ one foot (your back foot). On a longer board you have more of an area for feet placement, move your feet around to find the "sweet spot" on your board. Take your time, when you feel you are getting good speed and can turn strongly, REMEMBER where your feet are at that moment and DUPLICATE that feet placement. And always be polite and make sure you are looking when you are standing up to not snake anyone, cut them off or run over anyone. Also, please wear a leash and respect the locals at whatever spot you go! Have fun!