So a few years back I first heard of minisimmons shapes, and always thought that one of these days I'll get one, but it was never that high on my list of priorities. Fast forward to today, and I have the cash to go to my local shaper and order one. My dilemma is this: I have longboarded off and on for years. Yeah it's fun to set your line and trim, walk to the nose, all that crap. However, I've always had much more fun trying to fit in turns, cutbacks, etc. and do my poor attempt to surf more progressively than a lb inherently allows. As a result, I've tried all manner of shortboards, single fins, thrusters, quads, fun boards, fish, etc. and they all have their time and place depending on my mood. I picked up a retro twinzer fish design with glassed on wooden keels a couple of years ago, and it has been a blast and one of my go to boards- I love it. However, when the waves start to get get below waist high, my fish starts to bog down/lose speed down the line and not really do what I want it to (I know the shape was designed for lined up surf like point breaks). Enter the minisimmons, and also my concerns. I've read how minisimmons are great for knee to thigh high surf (something we have in abundance in the summer), and I'll get all this speed, whatever. I've also heard/noticed that every video I've seen recently of pretty much any groveler type boards including simmonses, are all in waist high surf or bigger. People also talk about how these boards come alive in chest high surf... My question is this: in knee to thigh high surf, is a minisimmons really that fantastic and going to allow me to carve a bit more than a longboard (and my fish), or do I just need to suck it up and realize that when it's that small out i need to haul out the log and accept my fate (rider ability notwithstanding)? I don't want to drop a boatload of $ for a board that isn't really going to be all that different from my fish, especially when I could use the cash to convert my garage fridge to a kegarator. Sorry for the novel. if it bugs you, you can go tune a meat whistle.