Quote Originally Posted by JTS View Post
You didn't mention where in Fla you are. There are a ton of good local shapers throughout Florida. Nielsen in Cocoa Beach area and Jim Dunlop around Jax are 2 that come to mind. Talk to a shaper and they can help you probably more than guys on a message board.
JTS

Exactly!!!! You're already a big guy when it comes to surfing so why buy a lightly glassed board that will be beat all to hell in one year. Get a custom(which are normally cheaper than shops) performance fish which will be made for your size and give you several years of boardlife without being in the shop for ding repair all the time.