I'm 5' 9" and 180 pounds I have surfed a funshape 8'-0" x 22" x 2 3/4" for a long time and for the last year or so ive been trying to surf on a 6'-6" x 17 1/2" x 2 1/4" shortboard. I have a problem with sinking the board, and losing all my speed by the time i do stand up. Any tips on popping up? Is the board i ride to skinny and thin? Is a wide and thick shortboard / fish a good new board to purchase?
take off late or in a bowly section and learn to stand up fast so you don't go over the falls....thats how i learned. after a few beatings in a row you'll start to get it.the more pressure your in the faster your reactions are.
17 1/2 by 2 1/4 is pretty narrow/thin for a board that is 6'6'' .... my guess is its meant for bigger surf, and if your riding it in smaller stuff or mushy surf its gonna sink a lot more than what you are used to.
if u get another performance shortboard get something thats like 18 1/2 x 2 3/8 minimum, especially for around here....
I started out trying on a borrowed board that was 18" wide and 2" thick. Once I got a wider/thicker board it made a world of difference. You'll be able to pop up with more stability and it will be easier to paddle into waves. I'd say at least 19"wide and up