I'm in the market for my first directional that I'd also like to use as a light wind board.
Planning on learning strappless in lighter winds / flat water and progressing through chop into waves.
5'10 200 lbs.
Saw a new 2013 6'0 Slingshot Verve for $299. Decent choice for a first board to learn on?
Large enough for your weight and durable.