I made my first SUP two years ago and found it be to a cost effective way to enter the sport. It is 10'6" by 29.5" The board had a OK design (typical of what was being produced at the time) but was much heavier then the new epoxy boards produced now by most good companies. I would ride the board on flat water once in a while and try to get the wave days here but I never really got stoked about it like I do kiting.
That changed this winter though as I recently purchased a Mctavish SUP from famed Australian sharper Bob Mctavish at my local shop a month ago. The board is 10ft by 30", I'm 6ft 185 . Winter, especially this one, is a great time for waves as the cold dense air builds bigger and more solid waves on the lake than in the warmer months. I have gotten 10 sessions on the board since getting it in early January with 6 days being very clean head high peelers. The Mctavish is a surf designed board and I noticed it on my first session. Moves I struggled with on my old board I have now at times nailed. The board turns beautifully, is quick and feels half the size of my old board. I have really love getting that first fast bottom turn on the wave and scoring big on the days when its to cold to kite or the wind is off shore. I kite strapless when ever there is waves here and this board gave me a piece of the stoke I get from riding strapless.
Check out the link for the board and the vid: http://www.mctavish.com.au/surfboard/10 ... rmance-sup
If people are talking about shops I'm going to throw out a plug for or local shop, E.O.S. here in Sheboygan. The owners have been surfing for 10 plus years and selling SUPS for over 5 years. One Stand ups exclusively now and last year got 70 days on the waves along with a stand up trip to Latin America. The other surfs and kites and are hosting a midwest sup race series here this summer. They have good variety of surf specific boards, jack of all trades boards and distance flat water SUP boards. They use and know all products and have a dozen boards in stock now with a huge order coming in this spring. So sometime come up here for the wind, the waves and for E.O.S.