i had trouble controlling my board at all as a beginner when riding in the direction of even small little waves. Reason is the orbital movement of the water in waves. So YouÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â´re heading into a current when using a wave as a ramp. Riding out that current helps You out with edging.
Coming in is different. The current while trying to jump will run the same direction You go. The boardspeed trough the water while edging is slower respectively and edging is harder. Try going significantly faster when jumping over the waves while coming in. You might want to go really fast on a beam or broad reach rather than going upwind for jumping off the back of a wave.
Upwind with a Contra 14 doesnÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â´t sonud like fast. It rather sounds like just planning.
On the red bull "upwind" dvd thereÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â´s an interesting remark by Cory Roesler about Flash Austin:
"That guy could boost off the back of a wave and make it really impressive."
So YouÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â´re not alone
As far as the equipement is concerned: I donÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â´t suppose the Contra had already been produced when Cory said this about Flash
Sea You: Klaus (c:E