If I have been surfing for 5 years and have used an 8 footer foam top but want to learn tricks and become more skilled and want to move to a hardtop what height should i use (I surf at Butler Beach St, Augustine, Florida)
You definitely want a shortboard to up your game. But thickness and width are more important than height (or length in surfboard terms). Together, length, width and thickness give you volume, which greatly affects how a board handles. Waves in North Florida aren’t super consistent, so a board with more volume will make paddling and catching mushy swells possible.
I would talk to a local shaper or surf shop about what shape and dimensions best fit how you want to surf. They usually know what works because that’s their home break too.