Tail pad is a nice idea, but it seems like a bit of a sin to put one on a fish! I am getting better now, had some good practice in Gironde.
Paddled out at Lacanau in about 6' without any major beatings. Although after taking my first wave the one behind it ruined my session! Was dredging the sand as I ducked, board was ripped out of my hands like a feather, then my face was smashed into the bottom, then long hold down while seeing stars and blood
. Dont think many people would of got under it cleanly, was a heavy monster
Getting one foot on is going well, finding that I have to bring my right foot up and above the board to balance it and get a bit more force down. Without that it goes to shit