I'm a 6,0 ft 65kg ,rider rookie who can 9/10 times stay upwind and can now turns around completely without stopping and get slight air. At the moment I'm riding a 134/41 Xelerator Thrill 2009 board, which seems fun, but I'd really like to do more and have been told by other riders I'd get more out of other boards as I get better. And so therefore I have some questions:
1) Does having a smaller/larger board, (3-4 cm's each way), make a significant difference to riding? I've never demoed any others, (none available in my area), and am the lightest rider out of the locals by a long way so cannot try out a smaller board from them
2) Do older boards have a lot of difference to the more recent?
3) Should I get an older, (loved but not abused), board to try out or invest in a newer one?
4) Any recommendations for this type of board?
I've got a 7/10/13.5 Quiver and have got flat water and wave conditions available to me so looking for an all round choice. I expect to be gaining 10kg or so for this winter, (gym hopefully!).