Hi all! It's been a while since I posted but I still check in now and then
I thought I'd post a couple of questions about where I am and where I'd like to be
My friend and I have been at it for 2 years now on our 9'1" longboards. We usually get out 2+ times a week and spend most of our time on a beach break (good conditions are rare but it gives you lots of space to spread out). We are getting up and riding the face pretty reliably on small waves (2-3') at the beach. The waves here get tall fast and we aren't having much success on bigger waves (pearling, missing waves, thrashed in the foam).
We have been checking out a small, unpopular reef break more and more, preferring to keep away from the crowds at the really good spots. At "our" reef we are able to do more with slightly bigger waves, and are really enjoying the difference
We don't have a lot of confidence to put ourselves into a lineup. When there's a crowd we usually hang out on the shoulder and catch next to nothing. The good breaks around here are normally packed with people on nice days and we haven't stepped foot in the water there yet
I am going to have a look at a cheap, beat up old 7'3 minimal next week. I want to experiment a bit, but I've also read a longboard can make catching bigger, taller waves hard because they don't have as much rocker (do you agree?)
What I'd like to know are 2 things- 1) what should I look for in a second, smaller board? I'm 6', 145lb "older" female
I have a general idea 6'8-7'6ish with float (right?) could anyone can suggest a make or model or post a picture? 2) when is a person ready to move into a busier spot with bigger waves? It seems that reef breaks are easier to catch and much more fun to ride than beach breaks. Am I nuts to consider heading into 5' point/reef breaks? If we're doing well on 2-3' beach waves, is that the size we should start on at the good spots? One thing I've noticed at the reefs is the rocks, and they aren't under much water when the waves are breaking at 2-3'.
I'm not sure what to call our level of ability- advanced beginner perhaps? I thought I'd post to see if anyone has any advice for me