Preface, I have read a bunch but honestly some of it is pretty technical, so simpler the better please. I'm intermediate and have only owned and ridden 4 different boards.
I am looking for a board for head high steep and fast waves. I surf the north of Chile and the waves are heavy so I also need something extra durable (repairs are slow and expensive here). I need to get into waves faster and I'm always trying to beat sections. Also, now learning to pull into tubes. I'm an intermediate surfer 5'8", 155 lbs. (I need a board that flies!)
I currently ride a 6'2" x 18.50 2 2.38, Klimax Gabriel Villaran model. It's a little skinny for me. I'll be back in NY in December so I want to buy a board to bring back. I am considering going Epoxy (firewire, santa cruz).
Any suggestions for a board?
Would the Pumpkin be a good fit or is it more for smaller waves? I'm considering this board because of durability, 5 fin option, width and volume for getting into waves faster. However, not sure how it would hold in bigger waves up to double over head sometimes. I don't have money for a step up board.