Looking for suggestions on a board.
I just started surfing and I have a beginner funboard 8'2".
I am looking for something in the smaller board range for the hurricane seasons.
Some say a hybrid/fish other say a shortboard/longboard.
I am 6' and about 170 + the wetsuit in the cold winter swells.
I am looking for a board for the steep drop of Oc waves and some good speed.
I do nothing fancy like smack the lip I just enjoy getting tubed.
A shop owner suggested the Channel Islands M13 with the new material? expensive but looks like a nice board. what is the deal with the new material?
Also possible travel in the near winter to Costa Rica and Southern Cal,

Any ideas?