Wait a minute. What did I miss? Is "Sweet Spot" the name of the (of age) sister? Noice! Seriously though. When you are learning on weak/skite waves, do everything possible to advance your skills. It will confirm your kook status, but consider some creative cheating. Diving on the board to create speed in the shallows can be helpful (and allowed) for the beginner. It will help you to understand just how much speed is required and help you to find that aforementioned sweet spot. Don’t overdo it because that’s where bad habits begin. Board positioning is the second most important aspect of surfing. As others have said, getting wet is the most important. Just Go. No excuses. P.S. Good luck on your journey and Slide On!