Absolute knife when the swell is overhead, great for punchy beaches and solid reef breaks. As a pretty light bloke have struggled with manoeuvrability with a lot of boards (probably buying them a bit thick and narrow for what I needed).
The DX-1 was the first board I got that allowed me to really snap at sections on a chasey wave that didn’t allow for more drawn out carves. Does struggle a bit when the waves have a flatter face, but when the beaches im used to surfing amp up a bit, it’s my go to board. Really allowed me to stick to the face more when the waves got vertical.
Downsides: it’s not nearly as forgiving as the boards I usually ride - although the tail rocker doesn’t seem huge, makes a big difference if you’re on a more lumpy wave with multiple swell directions - have to really control my reflex to shift my foot to the tail pad Too early before setting up a big turn. Your speed is hugely depend on your distribution of weight, and can ruin a perfect wave for ya if you’re not tuned into it.
Upsides: incredible manouverability, sits in the steeper wave faces like where’s Wally at a hipster cafe, is durable as all hell and never skids out no matter how hard you spin the bastard.
Verdict: incredibley versatile board when the waves start pumping, never been outgunned on this slick stick. If James Bond surfed (thank fuck he doesn’t, but anyways) this is the board he’d be taking out, the saucy minx.