Personally, I think if your going to stay in the 5'9"-5'10" range I would not ride a board 2 1/2" or 2 3/4" thick. I am 5'9" and 170 lbs so we're pretty similar. I think that's going to be way too floaty. If you choose to go with a 5'9 or 5'10, my suggestion is to not go any wider than 20" and either go with 2 5/16 or 2 3/8 thickness. I ride a Rusty Pirhana (mainly for knee-chest but can be ridden in bigger surf), 5'10 x 19 1/2 x 2 1/4 that I got when I weighed 155-160ish lbs. I'm looking for a new one now but due to the extra poundage I gained and the added weight of a wetsuit which is pretty much year round I will up the thickness to either a 2 5/16 or 2 3/8 max. Just my two cents. Good luck.
I am hoping to look at a 5'8" nugget today that maybe slightly thinner... 5'8" x 20 x 2? I agree that thickness could add too much volume making it too floaty. I am also an all year round surfer... 175lbs with full wetsuit, I must weigh 200lbs Plus with all that crap on. Ha Ha...
PS: I did have a look at the Rusty Pirhana. My buddy had a Rusty, seems to be thin glassing, easy to ding or break.
Last edited by eastbreak; Oct 5, 2011 at 02:16 PM.
Thanks for all your advice. I purchased the WRV Nugget 5'8" x 20" x 25/8". I road the board several times already and didn't work well in mushy small surf, but performed excellent in solid surf 4 foot plus. The board floats me well and is easy to control on fast steep waves. I was able to carve with ease and turn on a dime.
In all, great purchase.