I picked up surfing 2 years ago and started with an 8ft foamie (not the best from Walmart). Unfortunately I’m inland so I only get 5 or 6 weeks a year to surf and it’s on the east coast so not the best surf. Spend a lot of time in the gulf so many times the waves can be non existent except in storm or hurricane. In those cases the waves can have a very short period and quite choppy. I’ve gone out there but have a hard time. When I go to the east coast Florida I’ve had better luck. Still smaller surf but I can catch the occasional green wave. Broken waves pretty easy. When I went to Peru a few months ago I had a great run catching many of the green waves I went for but I won’t have access to those waves as often.
I know it’s recommended to stick to a foamie and long one to catch the most amount of waves but I’ve been considering switching. I’m around 80kg and so charts suggest between 41-44L. Surfing friends have suggested I go for a 6’5 but wouldn’t recommend a foamie since I’ll need to relearn on a regular board anyway. I’m conflicted. Either way if I went for a new board I’d probably get a wide nose for stability and between a flat or fish tail. Am I getting too ahead of myself?
A stick to your foamie don’t buy a new board
B get the 6’5 wide nose but stick to foamie
C go for same style dimensions but regular board