Im looking to purchase my first board after many years of renting in various locations. Im 5'9", 175, 40yrs old and I'd say an advanced novice in terms of hours spent in the water. Over the years I've ridden boards from 806 longboards and the way down to 508 fishes and am most comfortable in the 702 to 706 range. I don't surf that much - 1 or 2 trips a year for 1-2 weeks at a time. I don't ride shortboards and don't think I ever will as I have injuries that make it very difficult to build paddle strength. In particular, my left arm, shoulder and chest have about 70% strength compared to my right side though the strength is slowly building back up(has taken years). Duck diving is not easy at all, as most boards will twist underneath me so a board that allows me to duck dive isn't so important.
I read every post about the Addvance in the old forum regarding sizing(and fins) but due to my unique situation, couldn't cobble them all together to make a choice.
What I want in a board is:
1. Ease of paddling
2. Volume for catching waves
4. Room to grow on
A good friend of mine suggested a 510 Dominator (he rides an Alternator and loves it) but I figure the Addvance has what I want and the shape will help my consistency and growth. So is a 610 Addvance roughly equivalent in volume to a 702-706 generic funboard or should I stay in the 7+ range with a 702? Eventually, Im looking at daily surfing in a year (major lifestyle change coming) but my goals aren't to be flashy or very dynamic regardless.
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