New to surfing, only been out once, on Sunday. Really enjoyed it, even though out on my friend's shortboard (just getting used to the feel of the water, practicing paddling, sitting etc). I was in the water about an hour, spending most of my time watching for waves and then missing them. I did catch a couple, though, one of them throwing me right up to the shoreline. The board was way too short for me, though, and I didn't even bother trying for the stand. The water got really shallow really quickly (so I was told), and I didn't want to end up with an arm or leg sticking out the wrong side of my body. So anyway, the board came to a stop and I got up, or tried to, but found myself wallowing around like a drunkard. It was like I'd been spun round and round and someone had let me go. Really. I had to kneel down and steady myself. It was unreal. I could get up after a minute or so, but I was still really unsteady.
I'm assuming that's not normal.
I'm older - 48, and my balance has got steadily worse as I've got older, but also, I'm a cyclist, have been for years, and, after reading around the subject a bit, came across surfer's ear. I see it's related to the cold, and I was wondering whether all those years cycling in the cold could have caused it, and then being in the water exacerbated it.
Or maybe it was all that time lying on the board watching for waves (I couldn't really sit on it, as never done it before, and being such a short board...)
I'm seeing the doctor tomorrow, so will talk it over, but, anyone had anything similar, and if so, was it surfer's ear?