I'm trying to get my buddy into surfing. I've lent him my 9'6 and he loves being out on the water and trying to catch waves (watching him roll off never gets old...)
I'm 6', so carrying a 9'6 is no big deal, but he can't carry one (short arms) and has to use 2 hands.
His biggest trouble is that the board is too heavy & bulky. Getting outside will get easier with experience, but I think a 9'6 is waay too big for him.
He wants a smaller board, but loves the longboarding experience.
No idea on my side cuz I've always been a longboarder.
Obviously, something a little more narrow so he can carry it with ease, but based on his height, 5'8, and his itty bitty short arms...
What do you recommend?
Avg wave height here is anywhere from flat like a lake to 3' overhead after a good storm. Avg height is waist to chest.