I purchased the R-Series Joy about a week ago, and immediately took it out for a spin. As my usual ride is a 9'-6" Almond Log Rhythm, I was preparing myself for my session to require a bit more intense paddling than I was used to. I dropped the board in the water, jumped on, and was blown away to realize that the R-Series Joy's incredible buoyancy floats me as well as my larger board, and glides like a dream. I was able to get into waves very easily, and the maneuverability, response and drive were solid. As I told the Almond boys, it was the funnest session I'd had since I began surfing. Great job guys, keep up the good work!