Gents- I've been doing a lot of research on the SP vs BP vs PN, read a bunch on this forum (you guys rock btw!) and am left wondering if I should be going down in size for a SP. I'm 6'3 215ish (fluctuate 5-10 lbs in either direction) and a beginner/intermediate surfer. I've been surfing for a lot longer than my skill would indicate as I've made the mistake of constantly getting undersized short boards and limiting my wave catching to half a dozen waves per session due to inability to paddle into/catch waves. Because of this, I had been shooting for a big SP to help me catch waves in Southern Cal specifically mushy/blowout slop in the 1-3 ft range. Using various volume calculators I get the following suggestions for weak waves: 55-63 L (firewire beg/int), 46-52L (firewire Int), 53 L (Rusty) & 43-48L (Lost). I demo'd a 5'10 in 1-2 foot ankle slappers and went back and demo'd the 6'0 in 2-3. I had a much more fun time on the 6'0 BUT the surf was also better. The thing floated like a boat at 51 L and I can tell you I don't think I've ridden a board much greater than 40L in 10 years, but I listened to the volume calc (due to issues in the past w/undersizing) and demo'd the 6'0 (which was still 4 L lower than the vol calc indicates). Based on all this, I'm thinking to go with the 5'10 (46.8 L) but now I'm wondering if I should go to the 5'8 (43 L) after reading about how everyone ends up wishing they went shorter. I also was a bit swayed towards even going to a BP based on everyone's comments but honestly I think I suck too much to take advantage of what the BP has to offer. I can catch waves, ride the face and have been practicing pumping but literally have no turns/lip hits/nada. I am trying to work on speed/pumping. My current boards are a 6'4 Lost SDII for when its decent out (not that often) and an undersized 6'1 McConnell Flying Fish for the rest of the time. I would like to use the SP for the super small days up to say 4 ft if its mushy (to replace the McConnell). I get out about 2 times/wk now and I would say my fitness/paddling ability is average. What do you guys think? I don't want to end up with too little volume but I also don't want to get too much and be stuck not getting into waves or having the skatey/fun performance of the board bogged down. Sorry for the long post, I think I'm really overanalyzing it but its a good chunk of change and I want to get it right. Thanks!
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