I picked up surfing about 4 years ago. When I first started I was on a "fun board", a 7'4" Ocean Pulse. I quickly went from that surfing Lib Tech shortboards about 6'4" or less while working at Mervin Manufacturing. Surfing wasn't really an option for me growing up in the Milwaukee, WI area. At the time I didn't find paddling out with icicles on my face appealing.
This summer I got a longboard from Murdey Surfboards. Dan Murdey was awesome to work with on the board and gave all the right recommendations. Dan glassed for Gerry Lopez for about 15 years and now does all his own shaping, tinting and glassing. I've been riding my Bells & Whistles nose rider for most of the summer and it's been a blast. I'm just now starting to try to learn to cross step. Check out the video below from last weekend in Westport, WA.