Picked this board up in May, full of excitement and high expectations, as this is my first board from Almond. I had to spring for one as I've watched so many friends designate their Almonds as their go-to's. It has lived up to every hope and dream, and then some! This board is perfectly balanced both under the chest and under your feet, as well as speedy and playful down the line. None of us can pass up a good steep drop every now and then, but I really enjoy getting into waves early, and this board amazed me at how easily it paddles and glides for early entry (as mentioned by other reviewers). Of course, the Almond crew was easy to work with, very responsive and kind. Everyone is different, but at 6'1" and 180 lbs I sprung for the 5'10" model and it's been a blast. If you're hesitating - don't. You'll love it.