i dont buy local any more because too many times ive ridden boards made by local shapers that dont work as good as my lost or al merrick. just because you live here and know how the waves are doesnt mean you can translate that into foam. but there are good shapers. ive heard good things about brian wynn, but out of all your choices the lost looks cool. i had a chemistry disk and the thing has so much volume, best small wave board, check it out
In layman's terms, average to fun surf.
Man, watching people trying to push those boards around in thigh high summer slop was pretty excruciating, but they just kept trying and hopping up and down...convinced that if CI said it would work then damn it it must work. But when it got chest high those Flyers were a blast!
Get A Local Shaper To make you a mini simmons...
i was looking at the lost bottom feeder last night and it actually looks like it would be really fun to ride. how that translates into the water however, i don't know. if i had money to blow on a brand new big name brand board like you do, i might look into that. i would recommend just going to a sharper though. the board will be made specifically with you in mind and it will be much cheaper than the $700 lost and CI boards you're looking at. can't get much better than that.
Lost boards are nice. The sub Driver is pretty nice. There are some others too. Check out Roberts White Diamond or Diamond fish too. I own boards from both builders and they are great.