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An update. I changed my mind on the softboard when I found a Hobie Peter Pan Slug in nice shape close by. It's 9'4" (I was looking for a 9'6", but I don't think 2" will make much difference.) 23 1/2" and 3 1/4". Took it to a shop in O.C. to have a ding on the bottom checked out and an overall checkup. All agreed it was well taken care of.

First post. I didn't see this specific info. anywhere, so I thought I'd ask. I've also started reading through the Etiquette threads; seems like mostly common sense, and I don't want to get in anyone's way when I get started next summer.

When I say "Really Old Guy" I'm talking late 60's.  :)   People tell me I'm not too old to learn to surf (bless their hearts) and I'm in fairly good shape. I'm 5' 10" and weigh 180-185 lbs. I've read some threads that recommend starting with a used poly. board, which makes sense, while some at the local shops have suggested a softboard, also makes sense. I'm thinking 9'6", 23ish" wide, and 3ish" thick for a polyurethane. For the softboard, one shop suggested an 8'0" would be long enough for me while another shop said to go with a 9'2". I'm leaning toward a softboard for the first season (or part of it) and then buying new. Brian Wynn's 'factory' (for lack of a better term) is in my hometown, and I've heard great things about him, although I'm not planning custom made, just one of his off the rack. I'm also awful fond of the Hobie name among others.

I'd love to hear some advice on which board and what length for me and, of course, any advice in general. I would surf Ocean City or Sea Isle City. Thanks, folks.

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