Trying to bury the rail and kill it on too small/weak a wave. Sometimes you just have to do flat turns, no matter how badly you want to lay down a HACK. I've blown more waves on that first top turn more times than I care to count. Usually happens on one of the first waves of a session, when I'm overamped before I settle down. It especially sucks when it's the best wave of the session... you can't get it back... you blew it and fell off like a kook on the wave of the day.
I try to generate too much power from my front leg on turns, particularly off the top. Bought a Carver skateboard about a month ago so have been practicing on land using my back leg. It's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. I hope.
1. being too low on the wave face pulling into the barrel. not sure why this happens but i think i need to be mindful of it. usually doesn't happen on days w/ lots of barrels but moreso when i'm not really expecting it? will cause me to pull out sometimes b/c i don't have enough speed to make it. really frustrating.
2. fear of pulling into barrel in really shallow water. not sure if this is a bad thing.
this is mine as well. my favorite is getting in the perfect spot, then not crouching low enough, and getting punched in the face by the lip... :/
A few weeks ago I tried to pull in and got guillotined across the back of my neck by the lip of the wave. When I came up, there was an old dude on a log laughing so hard at me, I thought he was going to have a heart attack. I had a good laugh too.