First off, I am 165-170 5'11" 48 yrs old and above average fitness. I have been surfing for just one year now, and lately, average 3-5 sessions a week. I don't know what I would call myself; beginner or beginner/intermediate. I enjoy longboards, 2+1 and heavy single fins, fun boards and most recently, smaller hybrid fish type boards. On smaller mushier town waves I have been using a 6'6" epoxy Rusty Pirahna and it has been great fun. My 12 year old boys , who is also learning to surf has the same board in 6'0", 20.1, 2.18. When waves get better; steeper and more powerful, I find that I start having problem with my 6'6" where I frequently get caught in the lip. I can't seem to break through it. I realize this sounds counter-intuitive as I should be getting in earlier on a board this size. The kicker is that when I use my son's smaller 6'0" (30 liters) I have much less difficulty dropping in. What gives? Anyway, all this has me thinking about getting myself a slightly smaller board, something in the lower 30's volume wise and the Activator looks in some ways quite similar to a Pirahna. I am contemplating getting either a 5'11" or a 6'1" and would love some feedback on board/size choice and or technique issues. Cheers
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Activator vs Piranha