I have been surfing for a year now, Ive progressed a lot in the last 5 or 6 months, around 3 months ago I felt I turned a corner when I began consistently catching waves green and getting a turn to go along the face of the wave. For the last 3 months I have been surfing once or twice a week and every session I catch a good few nice waves, generally catching them green and riding along the face, trimming a bit to stay up on the face until they close out,.feel ive been doing good,.my main problem at the moment is paddling out, if there is any size waves i struggle getting out, once I do get out i do fine,.I'm 6ft 12 stone and fairly fit,.At the moment I have a 7.10 hybrid, it has quite a pointy nose so I tuaght it would be very monuverable and ok to duck dive but i cant duck dive it and i dont feel im going fast enough on it to attempt a proper turn or cut-back or anything,..does it sound like a shorter board could be the answer? sorry for the long post but just confused about what to do next? Should I be able to turn and duckdive this board or am I ready for a shorter board or fish like 6.10 or something?? Thanks a million for any advice.