Thanks for the compliments on the name. Rude awakening, I think not, its all about volume my friend. Although it is a 5'4 it has the volume of a 5'8 or so which I agree is very small for the surf but better than having too much board. It actually may prove to be better because the smaller board fits in the pocket better than any board. Nothing wrong with experimenting instead of following what everybody else is doing. P.S. think small boards cant handle big surf, I suggest watching 5'5 redux please.