Started surfing this past summer and am hooked.
Would love to buy a good board made by a local shaper, but I'm not there yet financially, plus in speaking with a bunch of other surfers, teachers, friends, almost everyone recommended just buying a cheap "pop out" for my first board to learn on, bump around, drag to and from the beach, and just re-sell on craigslist once I'm ready for an upgrade.
So I'm looking sub $400 (before shipping) and want new, not used. I'm looking for epoxy around 7'2"-7'6" (I'm 5'4"), at least 21" wide, with good float but not a soft-top. My thoughts were:
NSP Mini Malibu 7'3" http://www.bicsportsurfboards.com/products/acs,3,61/7-3-mini-malibu,479.html
Isle Funshape 7'6" (also comes in 7'2") http://www.islesurfboards.com/Isle-Funshape-E-Core-Epoxy-Surfboard-Red-Hibiscus-7-6.aspx
NSP Funboard 7'2" http://www.newsurfproject.com/funboard-72.html
Degree 33 Turning Point 7'6" http://www.degree33surfboards.com/surf-gear/surfboards-by-shape/funboard-surfboards/turning-point.html
I don't know a ton about materials/construction/dimensions, but I surf in the NY/NJ area, and want something that can handle local surf, that I will ride for a couple of seasons. Thoughts? Other boards I should consider? Thanks!