Need surfboard recommendation
Hi, here's the deal: I've been surfing intensively for 2 years, I began with a 6'7 egg and was a sweet learning experience, then I moved to a 6'3 Al merrick flyer: sweetest transition ever, I love the board and I'm planning to keep it.
Why I love the Flyer: It is a good wave catcher, good paddler, easy to stand, never pearls and can manage mushy to overhead waves.
What I don't like about it: too much foam makes it hard to duck dive incoming waves, I mean I can, but it feels like too much resistance and with big waves I don't feel confident on duck diving with it and I just bail out. Also here in San Diego, California some beach breaks have waves pulsing extremely fast one after the other, and the resistance it offers make me think it slows me down getting to the break.
So I had been thinking about going shortboarding, so I had a recent trip to Sayulita, Mexico, and rented a 6'2 Short board, it was a Mexican brand called San Miguel which makes really bad boards honestly. So the first thing I noticed was the lack of foam which is normal in short boards, so I lost paddling power, also it wasn't a good small wave catcher BUT this thing would slice through incoming waves like they were butter when duck diving. I liked that, I thought I could give that a good use on the walled up days of fast pulsing waves of San Diego.
In terms of standing on the thing and maneuvering, I found out it wasn't hard on a short board actually.
So I decided I wanted to go short and light and still be able to catch small and big waves. I thought the best option was a board called "The Disco" by sharp eye. Here in San Diego everyone has one, they say it's the best board for San Diego waves, they say they even use it for overhead without problem since it's a favorite board, they love it, etc.
So I bought an used 5'8 Sharp eye Disco, that size is supposed to be really good for this board, I'm 5'10 and weight 155 lbs.
Sharp Eye Disco Results: paddling with this thing was difficult, it didn't have as much foam as my 6'3 flyer, which was expected and wanted, but that wasn't the issue. The issue was that the damn thing was so small that it was just slippery, it was better at duck diving than the flyer, not still as good as the shortboard I used in Mexico. But overall it was hard to get a grip on that thing, it had to do with the size.
Same thing when catching waves, it was a good wave catcher of small surf but it was also easy to slip away from me when paddling to catch the wave, not only that, but also it was extremely loose, the thing would just fly away like paper. And finally, it was easy to pearl with this board, even though it has a good rocker, it's too small, perhaps I haven't dialed it in yet but it's definitely not a board you can easily use on waves that are 5 feet and above. While I'm aware I'm an intermediate level surfer, I still didn't like this thing at all, I don't think I will ever adjust to use extremely small boards.
And so the question is, which board would you recommend for me?
This is what I need:
-wanting to jump into something with much less foam than the Al Merrick flyer
-slice through incoming waves easily to reach the break point and don't feel so much resistance
-Don't feel that if a big wave falls on me I have a truck attached to my foot.
-Something with a good take off, hard to pearl with