If you liked the motor boat stick with it. Just cause your friend said it was too loose doesn't mean anything. It's all about how you liked it. everyone has different opinions. But it's always good to try new stuff. If you want a really fun all arounder check out a new flyer. Perfect jersey/ny board
Yeah, a CI Flyer about 5'6" should get you into anything from waist to overhead, and is very maneuverable and fast. But...if you can find a local shaper that makes high performance boards for groms and junior shredders, you will have a great custom board and you will get to learn what tail shapes, thickness, rails, and bottom contours work best for your style of surfing at your favorite breaks. Plus you will save about $200 in the process.