a Q? for the savvy
Hi. I live in upper Michigan on the shore of Lake Superior (we get big, choppy waves here every so often). I started surfing two summers ago while I was lifeguarding by using the rescue board...it is really long and it's not very orthodox, therefore I am shopping around for a long board on ebay. My question is this: as a beginner surfer, what qualities should i be looking for in a board? Are there "surfboards" on ebay that i should be avoiding at all costs (Wal-Mart-like brands that no right-minded surfer would EVER recommend)?
I cant really go to a surf shop cuz the nearest one is like 900 miles away, and i dont plan on spending over $800. Also, for all you pro's out there who only insist on the latest-and-greatest gear, realize that I am new to this, I dont get to go out all that much, and I will probably still suck even if i could afford a primo ride. Just need something that will get the job done. Thanks, eh.