hit_the_lip wrote:As a beginner surfer, you need to be catching tons and tons of small waves. Wave count is your friend, and you need to learn to surf and trim small outside green waves. You wont be able to surf sizeable waves for awhile, at least two years. That being said, a bigger board is easier for catching smaller waves. A bigger board will make paddling into smaller waves much easier and begin to allow you to ride the face. My advice is to start on a bigger board. Maybe not a long board, but a mini mal or funboard shape would be ideal. You need to learn to crawl before you learn to walk. If you want to be super frustrated and not get any stoke, then starton a shortboard.
I'm not trying to disagree but I've been surfing just under a year and I surfed my first overhead. But then again I'm more of a jump first ask questions later type of guy haha.