Goanna, I had the exact same experience where I spent too much time getting hung up at the lip. I'm a strong fit paddler, surf most days out of the week, but my wave count went down dramatically. And for the waves that I did get into, it was often too late. On a positive note, it was one of the best feeling boards under my feet once I got into the wave. Considering that I really want to try a stock dim version.