Same thing... You have to paddle much harder than you're used to. It just takes time getting used to... The good news is it will make you a much better surfer. The East Coat may not have the best waves in the world, but they are challenging. Whenever I travel I find that I surf way better than I do back home. It's so much easier to surf a reef or point compared to a heavy beach break. If you can surf here when it's heavy you will excel in most places in the world.... Of course there are exceptions (chopes, shipsterns and other freaks...) But most places it's true
True in my experience as well...it's very humbling to come back home expecting to tear it up and then...not so much. At the same time, it's cool to see the guys who rip the Right Coast go elsewhere and really excel.