I have a small car and a little apartment. I want to start riding shorties.
I have a few questions and hopefully you guys can help me out choosing a "beginner shortie".
I am a male standing at 5'4". I weigh 165 LBs but am trying to slim down to 145-150 in the next 6 months. I consider myself as a little overweight and "stocky" for my height and frame. I will be surfing Socal conditions.
1) What kind of tail is good for a beginner shortie? Round? Squash? Swallow?
2) Which fin system is best for a beginner shortie? Thruster? 4 or 5 fin?
3) Should I consider a shortie on the taller/wider side of the size spectrum for more foam volume (float and therefore easier learning curve) since its a beginner shortie?
4) Can someone suggest an approximate size range for a shortie based upon my stats? (ex. 5'4"-6'0")
Anything else about shorties I should know before I commit to buying my first shortie? Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.