When you say you are looking to pick up your first board, I have to assume you are just starting out surfing. Unless you are experienced, you will become very frustrated if you buy a short board as your first one. The only way to learn how to surf is to catch waves and start working on your balance, judgement of waves, dropping in on a wave etc. A short board is hard to catch waves with and even harder to balance on. A board around 8' is easier to catch waves on. The more you catch and stand up on, the more experience you get. I suggest a used mini long, or long epoxy pop out board. This board will be fairly cheap and durable.