I am new to surfing, and my wife decided she wanted to join me. We rented her a board and she decided she likes it, so she wants to be one. She is 5ft tall and we were wondering what size and width she should get. The board we rented her was 7'6" and 21" wide and 3 1/2" thick. She was not able to carry the board and had a hard time paddling because the board was to wide.
The distance from her armpit to her second knuckle was 17". I measured this to find out how wide it would have to be for her to carry it. I then took that measurement across her chest and it goes about 1/4 of the way into her bicep. This was about the same distance that my board comes across my chest. I just wasn't sure if this was too narrow for her to be able to keep balance on. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, 2 newbs.