Loooove this board.. bought it as a 1-3ft groveller and it does the job really well. I had a machado seaside before this and have preferred the shorter rail line and shape of the DMS Gherkin.
Goes backside really good. Paddles unreal. i have taken it out only a few times mostly in the shi**iest onshore slop and i've had a great time every surf. But i did rock up to a point break when it was well overhead and decided to take it for a test run, the waves were fat that day so there werent steep drops but the waves had some power. The first wave i got took off so fast the board went out from under me almost immediately, the things a speed machine.. the next wave i got really low on the board and it went awesome, i sprayed water all over the place i spent 2 hours competing with longboards for waves, sure they got more waves but i had more fun..
Playing around with some fin selections i had the machado quads and they went pretty good!