Stepping on the tail of the board and flipping it up in your arms and spinning 180 degrees back towards the line up looks cool when I see surfers do it, but sometimes you have to fish out and bail as line the wave closes out. and like yersterday in Surfside we had head high surf, and I fished out and got about 15ft off the water. It probably looked cool and it was a wave statement after a clean and flowing ride. bad surfing habits are ones that interfere with other surfers catching waves, as long as I am curtious in the water towards other surfers, then when my bad habits are pointed out to me, I can correct them and vice versa.
Sometimes I don't take a wave because I am hoping / think I know the next one will be better. When I do take the first one, I regret it, when I don't take the first one I regret it most of the time hah. Some days I go out just for sets, other days Ill catch ANYTHING!