I've been wanting a fish for a long time. I wanted a board that would primarily surf slopey waves like 32nd, Churches and San-O on a bigger day. I was looking for that retro feeling, but able to hold if more critical opportunities presented themselves. After a few test drives into different waves (even on steeper waves), I can easily tell that this board is well beyond my expectations. With easy paddling, I am gliding, early and stable, into waves. I was really enjoy how how fast the board is, and yet responsive just like I need. I'm 5'9 and about 155 lbs and 5'6 feels just right a lot of different wave types and sizes. I am having so much fun with this board -- it allows me to see the wave in such a new way and dream about surfing new lines. For a more traditional short-boarder looking at retro style fish, I highly recommend this board. You will love it -- you will get all the new opportunities of what a fish has to offer, without feeling so limited by other fish designs. This board gives the perfect opportunity to approach each wave with style and flow that fishes were designed for. This board has already become my first choice board whenever and wherever I go to surf.