Look at the Boneyard boards. They make a great retro fish. Mine will get me into anything and with the quad controller fins on it I can paddle into any size wave. Great boards, hand shaped and for a 5'10' you will pay around $500. A couple of shops on LBI sell them (Wave Hog and Brighton Beach) and Wavejammer in Lavallette. Wavejammer has some boards, with dimensions and pics, posted on their website.
If you referring Super fish's by Global Surf; Their longer/higher deck Fish's receiving favorable comments like yourself from variety of riders and experience level.
My favorite Shaper adding his "wings" on a 9' (super) Fish
all this talk about retro fishes I am gonna put my whole allowance down on the balance of my Legend Retro Fish:D
if u just beginning and want a cheap board get a caynon i had a 5 11 retro fish it was great and cheap used it up to +2 over head and all the way under paddles super fast and for a first board it is great. after this board then maybe get a custom or something a bit better
Two of my friends love their Wynn fishes - they are a cross between retro and modern. Talk to B. Wynn about your experience and where you intend to ride the board and go from there. His prices seem very reasonable esp. for USA built board. And, you would be developing a relationship with a good shaper from your area (NJ).
I understand where your coming from as I learned to skim before actually surfing. Not that I think a retro fish is a bad idea but the boards out there that feel like your skimboard are not the surfboards you want to learn on. Even a custom made board for you will be worthless if you aren't at the level to use it.
Be wise with your decision nothing sucks more then buying a cool looking shorty and missing every wave.
everyone else- 7s superfish isnt a retro fish, its a super fish.