ADDVANCE Question on sizing...yes another one...Help!
So, some background. I started surfing last March in New York..so almost a year now. I have consistently gone to Long Beach or Montauk about 3-6 times a month. So a competant beginer. I am 5'11" and 180lbs not wearing a wetsuit, which is usually required for most of the year. I am a good paddler as I also swim regularly for exercise and my pop up is strong...its just catching more waves si the prob. I live in Manhattan and have some size contraints given its a small apartment and where I can store the board and traveling on train, etc... I purchased my first board after renting for 6 or so times. I got a Chris Birch mini longboard 6'8" x 21.5" x 2.5625", this was recommended to me as it was good size for NYC living but a longboard outline (round nose, pin tail). If the waves are decent I can pop up and travel accross the face. My issue is that my beach break gets pretty crowded and I cant sit with the longoarders in the line up and it's tough catching a lot of these crappy waves on my micro longboard sitting between longboards and shortboarders. I dont know the volume of the board but assume its probably low 40 liters given the provided dimensions? (does get thin towards the nose tickness and tail) I just want to catch a lot more waves and have fun in our mostly average 1-4 foot mushy conditions and still turn easily. I also want this to be as much of a 1 board quiver as possible. I was originally thinking the 7'2" but also am thinking that the 6'10" might be plenty for my weight (6'10" would be easier for me living in the city) . I am comfortable with the length of my current board (actually just sold it so i can afford a FW) just not as easy to catch waves as I would have thought or was sold on. I thought the 6'10" being over an half inch thicker and over 1 inch wider would actually be adding a lot of extra float...I just wish I knew the volume of my Chris Birch board. Figure most of that volume is really coming from how this the Addvance througout? Please let me know which size you think is best given all that garbage about my situation i just spewed :) THanks!!!