Choosing a quality surfboard is going to really help you out. You are going to come into a store that has quality surfboards and the shaper has been shaping a long time, he knows his numbers, he's not making a board that doesn't work. They're glassing the boards with the best resins, the best fiberglass. They have the best workers and quality boards; they're all handmade and in a handmade product you've got to keep on your quality every single day. So you want to really make sure that you get a good quality branded board that is made by the expert craftsmanship that you deserve on a surfboard. If you get a board that is made by somebody that really doesn't know about working with resins and shaping and designing boardsyou're not going to be too happy with it. It will fall apart. Probably the design of the board will not work like what you were thinking about. Buy quality. Made in the US.