I am a begginer who is looking into buying my first surfboard. I don't think I'll ever get another board so the board I buy has to be really good.
So I was wondering if longboards or shortboards were better for just cruising big waves and making quick turns.
Please note, that I do not want to do tricks on the surfboard because I already love doing tricks on my skateboard. So I am basically picking up surfing just for criusing big waves and making fast turns.
I understand that it is hard to learn on the shortboard if you are a begginer but I still think I can because I already skateboard and longboard on land.
My choices now are: Flyer II by Al Merrick, MSF by Al Merrick, or The Strange by Al Merrick
As a fellow skateboarder, as well as someone who skated first and then got into surfing...you're going to eventually approach surfing with the same mentality that you have skating, that "Well I just ollie'd this gap...let me try kickflipping it now" thought process. So don't say that you don't want to do tricks up front because that's likely to change.
Have you considered looking at shapers local to you? Often times you can find something from a local shaper that's almost identical to a shape from a big-name shaper, not to mention that you'll save a ton of money. Case-and-point: I'm riding a 5'8" board shaped by Peli that's almost identical to the Channel Islands Dumpster Diver and cost me about $200 less.
I wish I could give you a better recommendation on which board to get but having ridden none of them, it's the blind leading the blind. Best of Luck!