So I'm relatively new to surfing. I've been surfing since October on a 7 foot funboard (7x21x2.8 ). It's pretty fun, I can ride it with ease no problem.
I'm looking to purchase a shorter board though. I'm not sure if I should get an actual shortboard. I have a shortboard (6"0'x18.35x2.25) that's sorta just around my house that I tried today and there's definitely not enough volume for me. Getting out to the lineup is annoying. I could catch the wave and I really like how the board accelerates well as opposed to my funboard where I have to paddle extensively before a wave comes. I didn't have much problem balancing on the board, sitting on it, and popping up. My main problem was mainly paddling speed and I'm pretty sore now. However, I'm not entirely sure how well to assess that session because that shortboard is really beat up and has considerable water damage not to mention I'm used to my funboard.
I surf in spots where the waves aren't that steep and more mushy like La Jolla Shores, sometimes Scripps and sometimes PB if anyone is familiar. I'm looking for a board that's good in 3-4ft (and possibly up to 6ft) waves on days where there's a minor swell. I'm 5'5", 135 pounds and 19 years old.
I want to progress and do more tricks like better cutbacks, bottom turns and top turns. Can't really do big bottoms turns on my funboard, the rails always dig in. I also want to be able to duckdive. Duckdiving on my shortboard was so easy, something I can't do on my funboard. After riding my shortboard my funboard felt like a raft, in a bad way. I definitely want something smaller, quicker, and slicker. I figure I could use my funboard in 1-3ft waves and use a shorterboard for anything bigger. Some boards I had in mind
A twin fish, no rocker, wide and thick (Would it hold up in 5ft surf?)
A hybrid fish/shortboard
A channel islands board like the motorboat or a dumpster diver
A quad shortboard. I don't know much about these.
Any help is appreciated. I'm getting a lotta money in a month so I can buy a new board