Just to let you know that this morning I was in the sea from 9-10.30 round the back of Shoreham Harbour, fully dressed in head to toe neoprene. The tide was very low (0.7m at lowest ) and the winter swell brought in some fine waves.
I started out on a 9’6” longboard and fell off a lot. Later I used a 8’2” beach break board which I love and feel quite comfortable on. I stopped forcing myself away from my preferred goofy stance on the board and soon got on a few nice breaks and later emerged from the chilly sea refreshed to the core of my being.