Current is probably the biggest factor that will impact your performance and safety in the water, especially as the waves get bigger. You’ll have to navigate a shifting lineup. First, you have to create landmarks, so you know you’re sitting in the same spot every time. Having a frame of reference on land is essential. Take note of that before paddling out.
The current is not only going to dictate how you approach paddling out to a wave, but also how you’re going to come in from that surf session. The current determines how you’re going to hold your place in the lineup where the waves are coming that you want to catch. You also need to be aware of the current if something does go wrong.