Though I can't see all the trash talk from Roy, I have to comment based on the replies above. There has never been a day, when we actually had surf and I could make it out, that I couldn't catch and ride a wave. Equipment is rarely the issue there. The wrong equipment just lessens the quality of the ride. There have been days where I couldn't get out to try, which was due to current and duration. In that case, a long wooden board would def be the wrong equipment.
This is coming from a crappy surfer, as I am still learning.