tautologies wrote: I liked the feeling a lot, but it was DAMN hard to ride.
It does worry me if the carbon would explode on impact if you hit something, as we have a lot of coral heads here.
Yes, at the VERY BEGINNING it IS "damn hard to ride", but one of the main reasons I started this topic is to let everybody know that it VERY quickly becomes much easier*, and to report my progress & give some tips, to try to help others get the hang of it even faster. Just doing 2 things will really help a lot: PIVOT with your hips for directional control, & STOMP on your front foot as soon as the nose starts to rise.
* 1 hour going downwind, then ripping upwind, & the next session mostly flying the whole time.
I see that Mango has posted here again, so maybe he'll see this & re-tell his reef-bashing story.