New member here. I've been reading the forums and I have to say that I genuinely enjoy the vibe and wealth of information going around. I have been surfing for less than a year borrowing my friend's board which is a 7'11 fun board. Recently, I visited a shop and they have a Mctavish Carver on sale. I can either get an 8'1 or an 8'6 for roughly the same amount which is within my price range. They also have a McTavish 8ball but just a tad more expensive. Just a bit of info, I am 5'7 and currently weigh at 168lbs. I'm not a strong paddler as I injured my right rotator cuff a few years back. However, I really enjoy surfing and am determined to stick to it.
Would an 8'6 make it easier to paddle as against an 8'1 or 7'11 or would this be of no consequence? I've thought about going for a 9'0 but I'm really unsure at this point in time whether I can manage the length when heading out.
I hope to hear from you guys soon.