Hey everybody, this is my first post. I've been surfing for about two months now, and my board is a 7'10" epoxy mini-mal (great to learn on, easy to ride, indestructible). I can catch waves and popup without a problem, and I'm getting turning down pretty well. I took the middle fin off to make the tail a little looser, and that's made my board faster and easier to turn.
While I'm having fun with my board, I'd eventually like to transition to a shortboard and save the 7-10 for smaller, mushier days. For one thing I'd like to duck dive and get out to the lineup as easily as the other surfers seem to do it at my break. My board is easy to paddle in flat water, but man, you can't do anything but turtle when a big wave breaks in front of you! It'd be nice to be able to duck under that whitewater. Also, I'd like to start learning tricks and such.
Is it much harder to get up on a shortboard? I know I won't be able to catch the same small waves that I can with my 7-10, but assuming the waves are powerful enough, how much more difficult will it be for me to surf something in the 6-7 foot range? Is there anything I'll need to do differently?
My wife has a nice 6'6" fish that I might take out. I tried it once and it sank under me, but that was on a pretty small wave. I only weigh like 160, so judging by what everyone else is surfing around here, it should be big enough for me.
Thanks for any advice you can give.