I mentioned that in addition to riding my mat on Sunday I pulled out the hand plane.
The waves were shoulder high, a little walled and some of the sets went on forever!
After having a go with the mat I thought the plane would be a good call. I could catch a few more corners and dodge the sets.
This hand plane is a little larger than most
The advantage is I can sit on it when I get outside and it actually floats me with my head above water.
Surfing the large plane is a two handed affair (outside hand on the handle and inside hand monitoring the inside rail) and it keeps me in an extended body position which I find advantageous.
Everyone else was on standup hardboards (long, short and SUP) and I didn't envy them the chore of hauling their equipment and their carcass out thru the sets.
Sometimes it's just fun to surf with a little as possible and just have fun being in the water, playing with the waves.