I'm sure this topic's come up again and again! Sorry!
I'm new to surfing, had a good few hours of lessons, ie. I learnt in Bude two years ago, and surfed last Summer in Newquay, and we're going back to Newquay this year, but I reckon it's about time I invested in a board of my own. I don't want to have to keep renting them every time I go, and if I own one then I'd be more inclined to get out there (and down there - I live in Manchester...)
I think a MiniMal will be perfect, I learnt on a foamie and rented a 7'9 MiniMal last year - even managed to catch a wave once or twice... (!)
I'm 19, female and 5'5, I weight about 135-140 lbs, depending on how much exercise I've been getting haha.
The thing is, I'd prefer to get a second-hand board, monetary reasons mainly, and I've been looking around a bit but without much direction to be honest.
There was this 7'4 Spider Murphy I was a little bit interested in (£180), but the mood on these forums is that Spider Murphys are no longer the boards they used to be and are mass-produced in Asia these days.
So what I'd like some advice on, please, is what the perfect first board would be for me? Perhaps a make that I could look out for when scouring the second-hand board sites on the internet? Or if anyone's got a board to sell?
I realise that it's difficult to advise someone you've never met don't know the style of, but any help would be much appreciated!
Thanks ever so much!