I've had a couple of boards in the last few years, currently I'm riding a Mike Stewart MS7 42.5 cresent tail and it is the absolute best board I've ridden. The rails are sharp as knives, the deck is like leather, and I've been able to hone my drop knee in a short time cuz the board dosent bend. I'm 5'9 180lbs and I wanted a sturdy board. I used to ride a BZ and a Wave Rebel and both had stringers and both ended up looking like bannanas. The decks were soft like foam and they just weren't thick enough for me. I like a thick board but not too thick. My friend has a No.6 board and it floats well but its way too thick and heavy and the rails are not as sharp. I prefer a cresent tail cuz it huggs my hips and it's easy to bottom turn, and slide into the drop knee position. My BZ was battail and I would constantly smash my johnson in heavy shorebreak and when learning to drop knee. Stay way from the wave skate aka lasanga tray, it has a terrible shape, heavy, bad rails, and the deck just sucks. I've taken the MS7 on a few trips and it has taken the punishment of traveling and of me beating on it, and it's as straight and true as they day I bought it. With not even a pressure dent on the deck!! I'm interested in Respect board and the new Congo line of boards, but I might just stick with Science till someone proves otherwise.