Doing a ton of research on my next board. I'm about 6' tall, 185 pounds. I'm about 35 years old and in reasonably good shape. I surf beach breaks around southern california (santa monica, hermosa beach, venice, etc).
I currently have a 9' Robert August What I Ride surftech and after about 10 months of getting used to it, I'm thinking about expanding my quiver. I think I want something a bit more manuverable and maybe a bit lighter. I have a very easy time catching waves on the WIR and can do some basic frontside and backside turns.
I tried my friends 7' Merrick flyer and it was a bit too tough for me to catch a lot of the mushberger waves I enjoy so much.
At this point I'm a bit torn between going w/ one of those 8' - 8'6" sharp nose "hybrids" like the M-13 Al Merrick or the Rusty Desert Island surftechs versus a more performance oriented longboard like a Takayama Noah Ka Oi or Stephen Slater model.
http://www.beckersurf.com/ProductDetail ... oup_id=365
I'm very interested in some tips and advice as this will be a big purchase for me.
Thanks for all your help!