I think I might go with an 8' 3" Pintail mini-longboard board shaped for a guy on here. Its only $150 which is alot cheaper than anything that I've seen.
So anyone have any major objections?
excellent plan barring the board doesnt have major repairs(boards that were snapped in half NEVER ride the same again). dont worry about the details of this board like rocker, tail kick, nose flip and tail shape. this board is your ground zero. from here on you will be forever concerned with those details.
Get the 8'3". It's a good deal. Save the extra money for the next board in your quiver as you progress through the learning curve.
I rode a 6'2" thruster as a grom for years, or at least tried to ride it. Thought I was ripping. haha. Then I got myself a 7'4" funshape. Yeah, more fun but it wasn't until I got a longboard (9'0" HP) that I was REALLY SURFING waves and progressing as a surfer.
You need to catch waves to get good and that what a longboard does!
When you learn to RIDE WAVES, not necessarily surfboards, you can hop on any size board and have fun.
I would say just look around on craigslist. Find some cheaper longboard- those are the best to get good on, when you learn how to turn well with a longboard, then move down to a shorter board. Make sure you learn all the basics on the longboard. and whoever said that you'll have to reteach yourself, thats incorrect. it just makes the short board super easy to turn and stuff. its awesome