I am 30 years old, 5'8" 180lbs. Been surfing for 18 years. This is my first fish I have ever surfed and I was Blown away. I got the 5'6" with Torsion Spring. It has so much drive and speed you have to almost hold back. I love this board because It holds its speed even if the wave goes flat or weak. As the waves got more size the board came to life and gave so much versatility. The best description I can give is: Imagine mind surfing a wave : The Rusty Fish Quatro allows you to surf the wave exactly how your mind invisions it. No more "huntington hops" all the way to the beach" take this board and shred even when your standard shortboard normally wouldnt allow.