tomcat360 wrote:Shortboards: Aren't good for learning, and don't perform correclty until about an 6' barreling wave, due to the small planing area and increased drag, it doesn't reach a full plane in smaller waves. And you need to face it, we don't always surf perfect waves.
You've just gotta realize shortboards are commonly completely useless in many waves. I just chuckle when I paddle back out from a great ride whenever I pass a shortboarder that's getting NO waves because he can't catch them.
I agree with pretty much everything you said , apart from this bit.
We rarely (if ever) get 6ft waves or barrells here and ive never found that a problem, i see just as many longboarders out getting no waves while im getting wave after wave, that has more to do with wave selection, positioning and just plain old experience, not board size. Although a learner will find it easier to catch waves on something with more volume and therefore progress faster (and have more fun) so your right to suggest he gets something bigger.
you could go for a "big guy shortboard" if your insistant on having something with that shortboard shape so you look the part carrying it down the beach, that will give you a bit more stability and will float you up higher in the water to gfet you through the weaker sections if you cant pump well, drawback of that is that they are designed for heavier guys so you will find it harder to turn with your light weight and probably wont perform any better for you than a funboard or even minimal.
from what youve said your straightlining out in front of the wave onto the flats where you lose all your speed and sink, this is a stage of learning that most people go through and basically you need to turn down the line and learn to stay with the power of the wave. Again a board with more volume will help as wont loe speed as quick so you get mroe time to do your turn before you drop off the plane, a fish however will lose speed even quicker and make your problems worse.
You mention you can ride a funboard with ease, but thats a good reason to go for one, if you can already ride it with ease then youll be able to move onto the next level of learning to pump it down the line and cutback, then once youve got those skills dialled youll find it easier (and less frustrating) to move to sometihng shorter. Getting a decent sized board now will cut a lot of time out of your surfing progression and soon youll be ripping on a titchy littel groms board instead of still struggling along on a board you cant surf.