I've been looking around for a new surfboard for the first time in a long time. I can't believe how short shortboards have become. I'm 5'4, 175 pounds. My everyday boards are 6'0 - 6'6 and around 33L. Looking at the Merrick website, I'd be riding something about 5'0 and 28L. The idea of paddling something sub-6'0 through any kind of whitewater in December in a 5 mil is just ludicrous. I'm finding it impossible to have any realistic expectation of what size board to get looking at the new models and recommended sizes. It's like I'm stuck in 1984 or something with board design.