Here's why it's ok that I'm not that good a surfer. My Christmas present was a surf trip to Santa Cruz, CA. The waves were small, knee to waist high, so, I decided to surf steamer's lane since I'm not good enough to surf there when it's going off. I ended up catching some fun little waves. Since the waves were so small there weren't many people in the line up and the butthole/local/double overhead barrel DBs were NOT there!! Only the mellow long boarders, some beginners, and me. SCORE! Happy New Year!