The other thing that happen was I gained a few extra pounds. It really made a big difference in my paddle power in a negative way. A good friend suggested that I change my diet to organic vegetables. My girlfriend and I stopped eating beef and pork products. We also starting eating only fresh vegetables. Those two things made a huge difference. As a result I lost 10 pounds. Now, I'm able to scratch into waves much easier and I have a lot more energy. That was the single most important adjustment I made. Anyways, it gave me the outcome I wanted.
For the last couple months I been surfing a lot more and enjoying it more than ever. I'm continuing to eat health and surfing when the opportunity arises. The other factor that gets me out in the water are my friends. The guys that live and surf here are very good. It's great to go down to the beach and see friends in the parking lot or in the line up. Most everyone treats one another fairly and altercations are rare.
This should be a fun summer and hopefully we'll get some good waves.