Seriously everyone thanks for the tips. Again being unemployed is keeping me from getting a 7'6 board which is what I probably need being a beginner. This 6.8 board I have was a freebie from a family member, so I'm learning the best I can on that. Again tho, Va Beach has no waves. Maybe as the year goes on we'll get some 3 feet plus ! I've always been stronger in my legs than upper body, but I've been working my upper body a lot, so hopefully it'll make it easier !