Yes don't learn to stand in crowd. Can you find a place where you can catch the white water, stand and drop off into deeper water where the wave reforms into a swell? Soft tops i don't know much apout them. Sounds to me like thay might be soft on top with a hard pointy nose. Maybe if you paint it bright fluorescent? If i were to choose a board to run me over it would be a total spong. Also try Proteck Fins.
If you have to go that route,You might want to go check out the Sunset.Not sure about all softtops but this one does way a ton.I'd rather get hit in the head by a regular board.Probably easier to learn on thou.I would stay away from the Liquid Shredder.My suggestion is the CI Waterhog.I had an 8'6.Great board and an easy paddle.
Originally Posted by dougb