His recommendation on a softer board sounds about right. It'll be easier to handle. I am not so sure of the Neversummer SL though. That is one of their boards I haven't tried, but they are notorious for being stiffer than other boards of the same design. Someone else can chime in on that one. They are also some of the most well made and burly boards out there.
If you can demo some of those boards and see if there is one you like.