RE: Carrying gear to the water
I get exactly the same as you when wanting to reply to a thread. It is very confusing but it still works.
When carrying a wide board I hold the near side foot strap keeping the board flat. I am not very tall so if I carry it the more conventional way the board touches the ground unless I realy lift with my arms. With a wave board I carry it the normal way. If I carry a fourmula board I just have problems, the only way is above my head.