damn how are they only selling those things for $300?
anyway man I think that wouldn't be a bad starter board at all. Normally I'd say no but I'm sure you have some boardriding experience skimming and what not. If you've really never surfed I'd say go bigger... 6'2" or 6'4". It will really help your stability and paddling speed, and the loss of manueverability won't matter to you at this skill level