I have been bodyboarding for quite some time now and I want to give surfing a try. I am 6'3" tall and weigh 200 pounds. I am looking to get a used board to start surfing. I want to get a board that is good for a beginner, but one that doesn't have to be replaced once I start getting better. Basically, I want a board that I can learn on, and use for many years after that. Anyone have any ideas. I talked to a guy at a local surf shop and he showed me a 7'6" board that he said I could learn on as well as use when I start to get better. But, then I did some research and a lot of people say that a beginner board should be at least 2 1/2 feet taller than the person. Anyways, Im not sure what is a good beginner board and I would appreciate any info. Also, I don't want one of those huge foam boards either.

Thanks.