Esonscar, I definitely am leaning in that a direction for sure. Thank you for your input; its almost sealing the deal in my head with that comment.
Here is a update post I made on another site...
I've actually been experimenting with two boards that I bought used on craigslist; one is 9'8 and the other is 9'0. Neither I believe could be classified as modern although the 9'8 one seems lighter actually because the 9'0 has a triple stringer and seems to have more overall width throughout the board (it also has a split that has been repaired, I've heard that adds some weight). I ride both boards single fin ATM.
I am back and forth on both boards trying to give them each a fair examination out in the water. The 9'8 seems to glide fairly well but it sinks a little more than I would like it too...its measurements are interestingly 23" x 3 1/8, which I thought would float me like a rock. Don't get me wrong, it floats me and glides just fine...I just thought with a board that size I would get more than what it has. I am still getting used to turning and balancing on the 9'8 because it is definitely more board than I am use too. I find myself too far up (prone and standing) quite frequently. All this being said, I really think I just need to take it out more and get more of a feel too it. I also tried knee paddling...... I would like to do this but it hurts my knees, so I'll have to work on that...
Now the 9'0 board kicks some ass. I don't know if its the skull logo on the board or if its just a closer feel to my 8'0 but I am really enjoying this board. One of the things that really gets me about this board is its overall width. It is so stable in the water and floats so well...which is strange cause the dimensions are actually smaller than the 9'8...it is only 22 1/2" x 2 3/4" but feels way more solid in the water. I think its because the width is held up all the way throughout the board up to the nose...It is also WAY heavier than the 9'8. I let a little dinky wave push the board into my leg (like a idiot) and it totally left a nasty gash under my knee because of the force of the weight with the wave. But the weight seems like a good thing I think... It allows me to really cut through waves and seems like it adds force when the board moves. Not sure how it affects the boards buoyancy, stability, and maneuverability though.
But really, I'm trying not to sway one way or the other although its obvious I have bias towards the 9'0. I need to take out the 9'8 a little more to be fair to the comparison. I am curious how I would like a modern 9'0. Too me it seems like I got a heavy and wide 9' and am curious what a light modern 9' would feel like...or maybe even another heavy style but slightly bigger (9'3).
I am trying to figure out what the real differences are between my fat 8' board and these new longboards. I can catch waves ALMOST the same and can turn pretty decent on the 8'....BUT the 9' and even 9'8 definitely have some more glide to them. Also looking to see what new and/or old things that I can do better with these longboards... Curious if a 9'0 is too close in size to my 8'0 so that I should maybe consider using a 9'6+ for a more "true" longboard feel. But DUNNO yet, just experimenting!