The only advice I have, with my limited experience, is the following:
After you ride at Montrose, take 15 minutes to watch what other people are doing, especially on a straight-onshore days with marginal wind (like the recent Friday), when it is impossible to go out far enough.
I did, and I was shocked, because when I was in the water, it all felt so-under-control.
You WILL be surprised how scary and obnoxious it looks - a speeding board, in a big shore break, 6 feet from a kid's head, 2 feet from big boobs (of an [admittedly delicious] dog owner), 3 feet from a dog swimming toward you... Jump with a twist... repeat
This is important because the only things people who call on us to the Park District or police see is that shore-line perspective...
Please do that exercise over and over - and maybe, just maybe, the beach will survive for another season....