Get a bigger board!!
The number 1 thing that will help every surfer progress is catching more waves, doesn't matter if you're a beginner or pro surfer. Don't take too much advice on board choice from a guy like Kelly Slater, who is so good he can surf a door! Too many surfers are stuck trying to ride the same boards as their favorite pro surfer.
Getting a bigger board doesn't necessarily mean something significantly bigger than what you're currently riding. It's easy for a good shaper like Jeff to hide extra volume in a board and keep it loose and maneuverable. Get on a board with enough volume, and it will translate to catching more waves and having more fun.
|Team rider Mike Horton showing how the Penetrator's extra volume helps on small days. Photo by KSH Photo.|