Hi Guys I have been scouring the web for a board that can give me everything I want, help with the paddle and catching waves, some stability and the room to become more proficient with turns. From what I have seen the Addvance seems to fit the bill. I am a 32 year old novice surfer, 6' 180lb who gets to surf a couple of trips a year, Sri Lanka and the Maldives this year. this is a link to a vid of me at Pasta Point this year to give a very accurate idea of where I'm at https://vimeo.com/40856256 . The board in the vid is a Takayama 7'10" Egg I hired, I also currently own a 7'6 NSP fun board back in NZ. I now feel like I want to move to something I can do more on once I am up and riding. I guess I am tossing up between the 7'2 and the 6'10. 6'10 is considerably shorter than anything I have ever ridden, but from what I can see it has the same almost the same volume as the 7'10 egg. having said that the 7'2 seems like a safer bet, I am not it a position to try as I currently live in the middle east so any advice would be much appreciated.