Huumph! Well a little miffed that you happened to have asked so soon actually but....... reasonably well probably, and certainly not quite as badly as the image is portraying.
However, I did squeeze the corner of the mat so hard at one point during this afternoons trial that I pearled the mat and went straight over the front of it as it came to a very rapid halt.
I have been out twice now since my first report and the main thing I have realised is I just have to wait until there is a much better quality wave on offer to really get a better feel for it. It just seems so technical although it is ironic that I am aware that I also probably need to think and do less than I am.
Each time I take the mat out I am learning something new though and interestingly today, I managed to remember to get my fins out of the water and the mat took off in an unruly fashion which was rather a lot of fun as I got a bit of a drift happening and the mat seemed to come alive!
Michelle's commented as I came back out.
"You should have gone left!"
"Well, tell the mat, as I was just along for the ride apparently!"
And God, you know I am pretty lie down surf fit as I often have a bodyboard out but, a session on the "Fatty" is particularly exhausting for some reason.
Anyway, next time I will be taking it out will be when there is a wave with a bit of punch and the prospect of a reasonably lengthy down the line ride.
I will be endeavouring to remember to:
- Get my fins out of the water
- Keep my elbows in
- Squeeze the outer corner to hang in
- Release the outer corner to drift
- Not do anything
- Use my hips to turn
- Concentrate on feeling what is happening
- Keep my body flat
- Arrrrrrgh....is it really gonna take me 10 years to learn to ride this thing well George?