Yeah, I agree foam is my friend. I spent a little over 10 years riding only longboards and started riding shortboards again a couple years ago. Kinda makes me feel like a kid. Looks like your in the PNW. I spent 7 years up there so I know the drill with the 5mm suits, hoods, gloves and booties.At 49 foam is your friend IMO. My buddy is almost your dims and same age and is ripping on 5'10". That said we are in 5 mills boots and gloves 24/7. May want to look at 5'9". If you cant turn that you need to be doing squats and leg presses.