This board surprised me. Initially, it did not do much for me. I rode it a couple of times in 4-6 foot plus surf, but it mostly felt stiff and not that responsive. It was hard to paddle, and even riding the wave was hard to manoeuvre unless I got the speed up.
I even thought about selling it. Then I went on a road trip and took it out in powerful bigger peeling left-handers (6 ft plus). And the board blew me away! It just needs a bit more power in the wave to get it going. I felt like I was riding my 6’ 0” board in 3 ft surf! I even managed to draw nice lines on big wide-open faces. The round tale helps with the stability after take off. But peeling waves are a must. Waves that jack up do not suit this board, you need to be able to stroke in and then set your line and just gooooooooo! Despite the dimensions this board duck dives like a much shorter board.
These days, I use this board maybe 2-4 times a year. It needs peeling bigger waves. I found that the length makes it harder to ride it in punchy 4-6 ft. It is an awesome board to have in your quiver for those days when you want to push yourself.
I have used various fins, FCS PC-5, FCS PG-5 and FCS PG-7 and even combinations of PG-7 in the middle and PC-5 on the sides. Currently I have it set up with FCS GR-X on the sides and FCS FG-5 in the middle. The GR-X have carbon fibers which adds a little more stiffness in the fins.
A more advanced surfer of my weight (and height) could easily ride this in waves of consequence, but I would recommend 10-12 ft point/reef breaks (my balls are just not big enough).