I'm 6'1, 190, and 53 years old. 5'5ish Mini Simmons 6'0 twin keeled fish 6'4 shortboard 6'6 step up 7'0 East Coast gun While the trend is to ride shortboards at a length shorter than you are tall, it's not uncommon to ride them up to a few inches longer than you are tall. And that's what you're used to, because 20 years ago, the standard shortboard length was 6'2, with the average adult male at 5'10. Then shortboards dropped to 6'0, and now they're at 5'10. So them most popular board lengths sold today are around as tall as the average surfer. At the same time, thicknesses went from nearly 3", down to just over 2", now their around 2.5". Same with width... from 22" and 23", down to nearly 18", now back up to around 20. Same with rockers... flat, to super rockered out chips, to now what's commonly called "relaxed" rockers. So yea... things have evolved out and back over the past 20 years. And surfing in general has benefited from it.