Tridacna wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:25 pm
Any advice on this choice ? Any other model in mind ?
Since you're new to a surfboard, I'd be looking at something that's on the wider side to add some stability when learning to jibe and added surface area for planing on mushy waves and lighter wind. Also something that gives you some options (straps and fin set) for different wave conditions or as you develop a fin preference (thruster or quad). With that in mind, the Jimmy Lewis Canary KT 5'6 (don't go bigger) would worth checking out.
Another thing often overlooked is the fin boxes. If you have a preference, then that can help narrow down your options quickly. Personally I'm keen on Futures fins, so I prefer boards spec'ed with their boxes.
As mentioned above, another good choice would be the Duotone Fish SLS (formally Pro Fish) 5'5 for a "dedicated strapless" board. It's also a thruster fin set only. Duotone claims is Futures compatible. I've seen it up close and have mixed feelings and others say it's not compatible, so I'm not 100% on their claim.
If you want to go another route, check out all of the "compact" surfboards marketed towards "strapless freestyle & s-m waves". Something in the 5'2-5'5 range would probably suit you well however width is your friend, so keep that in mind if looking at these boards. The Duotone Whip as mentioned above would be a good example of this type of board.