RE: First shortboard
In light of the fact that the Gorge has great array of spots to sail where the conditions can vary considerably, I was wondering where you anticipate on sailing. Also, it would be helpful to know what sail sizes you would expect to use.
Right off the top, the volume of the boards that you're considering are normally quite high for the Gorge, so it might clarify things a bit to know whether you've got your waterstarting techniques wired. Is it important to you to maintain an uphauling capability?