I still need to put my arms out for balance though, I don't know why I hold them in like that, although if it works...!!
Today was a great day, I caught two waves all by myself whoo hoo, this is quite an achievement - pats self on back - as previously I've always needed an instructor to give me a 'push-in' to gain the necessary speed to catch the wave. Of course even though I caught them I immediately fell off them when I tried to pop up and ride them, but still...progress!!
Megan also had a great day despite serious trepidations about surfing in cold weather - she's only ever surfed in Hawaii, Bali, Costa Rica and New York in the summer, so this was her first time wearing a wetsuit, booties and gloves and while she did find all the gear heavy - one of the instructors mentioned that the gear typically adds a good 30lbs once the suit is filled with the necessary layer of water. Maybe for a 200lb man, but 30lbs is a quarter of my body weight so I think I would have noticed if I was hefting that much of an extra load - she had a great time.
Here's to a LOT more surfing in 2012!!