Don't be afraid of clutching it up. You need a lot of clutch with stock gearing to get the front end up in 2nd. Give it a shot and you'll be suprised how much it will take and you won't be scurred. Shifting is also fine, just make sure you let of the gas for a second before you shift and there won't be a surge. The only reason it would surge is if you don't blip the throttle when you shift.