Purchased this board as a step up for using here in Western Australia. Have only surfed the board a couple of times but in great waves in our NW and over at Rottnest Island. Initial impressions - the board has great paddling power and gets into waves really well as you'd expect (it's 3" think). Plenty of drive off the bottom, and good down the line speed. At 6"6" feels like a 6"8" or longer board and it is not as loose as I was expecting, but it's still early days. At 58 you can't expect to be surfing like JJF anyway, but nothing wrong with trying. Overall really please with the purchase and looking forward to continuing testing it out in our solid WA conditions.