Agreed, I'd go with a big fat shorty like Rob G and some of the others were mentioning or a longboard. Depends on your style and preferences I guess. You can probably surf a wider variety of waves on the log. I use the longboard on tiny mushy days when the waves don't really wanna push the fish, and on the really big days (rare) so I can get in to the waves way outside and enjoy some stability.
I've had a wide variety of boards for east coast small surf from Lost RNF, Rocket, Al Merrick Biscuit to longboards and so far my all time favorite has been the RNF. But like one of the previous threads said it's all about personal preference. Recently I've been surfing longboards because I love walking up and down the board and catching waves is so effortless. I have a 9'3 In The Pink by Takayama and its sick for every size wave. With overhead steeper waves you can get an early takeoff so you don't have to worry about a steep drop in and walking it is a piece of cake in bigger steeper surf. But I have been looking to get a shorter board and recently I came across an intriguing shape by Takayama. It's called Scorpion by Takayama and I just ordered it at 5'10 check it out looks like it could be a lot of fun ESPECIALLY for East Coast Surf. But favorite shortboard I've owned so far has been Lost RNF.