which board?

      which board?

      Hello, I'm a very novice bodyboarder with zero experience in surfing.
      I want a board that will serve for bodyboarding in the beginning but with time I want to be able to stand up every now and then.
      Do you recommend a typical bodyboard or a "beater" type of board?
      It seems like beaters are great for standing up but I've never seen anybody stay down on a beater.
      Would I have some difficulties staying down on a beater?
      Thanks.