i whole-heartedly agree that the conditions werent conducive to learning. i also have to admit that i should have spent more time on the shore, making adjustments to my harness lines and foot straps to accomodate my boots.
agrelon: i definately noticed that the nose of my board had a tendency to turn upwind, and alot of the steering was done with my front foot.
i guess i'm just concerned that i may have gone too small with the 144. but if i can uphaul it, then i guess the rest is a matter of foot placement and technique. hopefully on tuesday or wednesday this week i'll have a chance to get out and practice in some lighter wind. when doing beach starts, do i step up with my back foot first or front foot?