Ok guys. I have been looking at surfboards forever and cannot decide what to do. I am a student at UNCW - UNC at wilmington (I hear there is another person that goes here on this board whos in the same situation) and have never surfed before. I would rather shell out money on a new board now than rent one bc I will have the opportunity to go all the time. So far I have talked to many store owners and they have all agreed I would be best with an NSP. (Virtually Indestructable, good boards). I have my eyes on a 7"2 funboard by NSP that retails at $375 new. Also, at one store, there is a 6 ft 8 BLUE funboard that retails at $288. I think it is used, but it looks virtually new. Now I know the longer board the better, but I do not want to lug a tree around all the time and would want something I could work at for a while before I master so that I could have it for a long time before getting board (haha) with it. I went to a surf store today and they had some used custom boards that I really liked for around $355 and they were 7 ft 6. I would get that one except I am very concerned with durability and know that NSP is what I would need. HOWEVER, used NSP'S are virtually impossible to find around here as it is a surfing city and a college campus. My question is this - what should I do? Get the blue? Shell out money for a new NSP? Or keep waiting and press my luck to find a used 6 ft 8 to 7 ft 2 NSP, or buy the used custom one? Also I need to knwo how much fins usually run bc some of the used boards do not come with them, and I would need to factor that when I am thinking about the total cost of the board. I am 5 ft 10, and throughout the year weigh anywhere from 150-160, with an athletic build. I have lifted weights for almost 6 yrs and am at ~6% bf, so, not that Im trying to be a dick, bc I know I sound stupid for bringing that up bc it has nothing to do with it, but my point is that I would most likely pick up surfing faster than someone who is not as active and so I could PROBABLY handle a smaller board than something around say 8 ft. ANY COMMENTS WELCOME. thanks.