I have been surfing for around 5-6 months now and am looking at getting a 2nd board. I currently surf a 9ft 10' (Epoxy) Longboard and have progressed pretty well, catching waves pretty consistently etc, but I want something a little smaller with a bit more maneuverability and speed etc.
After much swatting up and asking plenty of advice I have narrowed my search down to getting a 'Superfish' (if that's the correct term!?) as will be surfing mainly in Christchurch, New Zealand, so this will work in most conditions here hopefully
Basically, I'm 6ft4 tall and around 105kgs (220lbs) so wanted something bigger to keep my wave count up but something I can move around a bit and just try 'different' things to when I'm on my Tank of a longboard!
At the moment I am stuck between 2 choices:
* Option one is to buy an 8ft '7S Superfish XL' from a local surf shop. I am really interested in the 'Epoxy' board as apposed to the glass board. I'm wondering if anyone with experience of using either, both, or the 'Epoxy' version of this board could comment? I like the idea of the toughness of epoxy and maybe slightly more buoyant (although I've heard the 8ft Superfish is pretty buoyant even for someone my size ?).
* My second option is to get a board made by a local shaper. I love the idea of this as the boards he make look really nice, and also its supporting a 'local' shaper etc. He has more flexibility I know, with regards to sizing, design, colour etc, but for some reason I just like the idea of the Epoxy board?!
I'm in no rush and the price is pretty close for both so thats no issue. I do feel that maybe I should wait to get a board 'designed' for me as I feel after my short time surfing I may still be prone to damaging etc (another reason why I'm swaying towards the epoxy board for now and maybe selling that and getting one custom made next year or something!?). But then again am thinking why wait if I can do it now
Anyway, any advice or moral support