Yes, the crowds can suck, but I always look forward to Summer in California. Still blows my mind how the biggest Ocean on mother earth can go despicably flat for weeks on end, but as long as we've got some 2'-3'+ running I'm in.

I'm a Rusty fan, so someone talk me out of this one. I'd probably get it in XPS/Torsion Spring despite the partial overseas manufacturing. I know some people ride them ridiculously short, so I'm debating on size as well, but I'm 5' 11" 185lbs and officially middle aged, so I'm leaning towards the 5' 11" 37L. eek Goal would be a small wave board to battle the longboard / funboarders that could transition up to head high surf nicely.
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