Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
This pretty much nails it. You just gotta start pulling in, you'll eventually learn how to read a wave to see if it will have a nice barrel and how to navigate said barrel. For the record, "user friendly" is a really relative term. Generally barrels = shallow. Sand bottom is probably the best because it won't cut the chitt out of you, but regardless you will be getting an intimate relationship with whatever bottom you are surfing over.

Oh yeah, learn how to fall correctly so you can control yourself while it's happening. I don't like hearing about people getting paralyzed.
Could you elaborate on what to do and what not to do? Great topic here...