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You and I have similar dimensions and goals for a board, and I just went through the process of demo riding some boards to refine my selection. I have a history of riding kneeboards in the 70's, longboards between 80's and 2010 and now I'm planning on splitting time between my old Dewey Weber 10' stylist longboard and my new South County 10' Turtle. In calm conditions, I had no problem standing and paddling around on the Turtle, and I'm guessing the Whopper and Wide Point from Starboard and Naish Mana would provide similar stability. Your mileage may vary.Great advice is, like Glider said, "Demo demo demo." Nothing feels like they tell you it will. Only you can judge what feels right. In addition to your weight, height and experience, you'll add your balance, leg strength and endurance, temperment, how fast you pick it up, weather cooperation, and whether you'll want anyone else to learn the tricks on this board once you've mastered it. Stablity is key for that first time out, and it makes things easier later. There are a dozen reasons why I picked the board I did, and each wave I catch confirms my choice. I'm curious to see how this turns out for you. I wish you all the best and hope to see you in the line up soon.