I ride a 5'4" sweet P and I am 6'1 170-180 depending on the time of year. I tried the 5-2 and it was just a hair too small. 5'4 seems just right. The thing makes it through some crazy sections especially backside and I can catch a lot of waves on it. Super fun board. I would agree and disagree with escsurfer in that I usually try to get a locally made board but with these small wave, wide ass boards you better find someone who has made a bunch of em cause I have ridden a few that have been complete turds...which is why I ended up with the firewire. I now a few people who have em and they all love em