I am 40 years old 5'11" and about 175 lbs. I have been surfing occasionally for about 5
years, but have gotten a little more serious about it over the last 2 years. I take
2-3 week long or more surf vacations per year and try to make it in the water 1-2
times per month in northern california. I currently ride a 9'2 Walden Magic Model,
and use a 10' board on Hawaii on trips. Over the last year, my surfing has
improved a lot. I am able to catch most waves that I paddle for, am able to turn
both directons, and am able to handle later takeoffs in waves up to about head high.
I would consider paddling power as my main weakness, but am in pretty good physical
condition and improve quickly when I have a lot of time in the water. I am looking for
a board to step down in size on to gain more maneuverability, and to handle the steeper
takeoffs of the beach breaks here in Northern California. I was thinking about the 6'10,
but for my weight, the 6'6" also seams reasonable. Also, I am not looking to replace
my longboard, but rather to add a new tool to the quiver to handle different conditions.