Hey all, So I shaped my first board last Fall, a 6'8 mid length and I've been surfing it like crazy! I am in the process of trying to decide what board to make next and I need your help. Usually I would talk to my local shapers but given that I am making my next board, I feel awkward asking them, so I figured I would ask you all. I've been a long time lurker and had an account years ago, in the mid 2000s but apparently I can't remember the login info. Anyway, here is a little about me and what I am trying to make:
Me: 5'11'', 175 pounds, male, 42 yrs old, surf weekly maybe less in winter, live and surf in surf city/topsail NC - so east coast surf. I've been surfing most of my life and surf a lot but I am an intermediate surfer, no aerials for me. I've got a 6'8 mid that Im loving, a 9'6 longboard that I surf all of the time, a SUP that doesn't get much use, and a shortboard that I don't surf much because I am now 25 pounds heavier then when I had it made.
I am currently looking to shape my next board this Fall. I want a shortboard for speed/turning that will work in clean, non drifty, waist/chest to several feet overhead. My current shortboard is a standard shortboard that is 6'2''x19.25x2.38 but I had this made for me when I weighed about 145 almost 20 yrs ago. I can still surf it but it just feels really small and almost like I don't move when I paddle, especially compared to my 6'8 which flys! I love how it turns so want something that turns as well but has a little more beef but is easy to duck dive. I was thinking more of like a step up at 6'3''x20x2.5 but am not really sure. Thoughts? Maybe I need more of a fish type board?