Do you mean the CI boards and kechele boards don't have much in common other than the name? I've seen a 5'6 weird beard at my shop... I like the extra foam up front and the swallow tail. Thinking about ordering a custom one.
I was surfing a few years back, it was pretty big and powerful. I just got out when a guy came walking up the beach with a kech broken in half. I said bummer, what u gonna do now? He said toss it. So I took it, put it back together. A real Frankenstein job too, it was my first broken board repair. Looked nasty.
SURFED GREAT! Sold it for a little more than the cost of materials to repair it. Kech makes awesome boards.