I've been surfing for 4 years and currently use a 6'7" Webber Afterburner. I catch almost everything on the board and it has been a good board for me so far. I think I could have gone a little smaller. I'm 5'7" 160lb. I'm looking for a smaller board and have heard good things about Firewire and Coil boards. I'm no expert and want a board that is a little forgiving and still challenging. Any advice?
I am almost exactly your size and I just got 5'6 firewire dominator and I love it. Its got lots of volume but at the same time it is super maneuverable. Great all around east coast board. If I were you I wouldnt go any bigger than a 5'10 if you choose a dominator.
I would go coil!!! Just talk to mike and explain to him what your looking for.. I have two coils and love them both.. Read swaylocks and surfermag coil ride reports and ask some questions over there... I would suggest a Flashback fish or a m-80 around the 5'8" to 5'10"
dominators are great boards and very forgiving. The firewire forum is really helpful if you post in there thread. Mark and the rest of the firewire team will get back to you directly. they're really helpful and loyal to there customers