Ok im 35, 5-8 155 to 160 lbs. Been surfing for awhile, intermediate+ type surfer. Career and kids keep me out the water now more. I currently ride a hybrid type stick, fish style rocker shortboard nose swallow tail, boxy rails etc. Anyway All my boards were shaped by the same guy for years, well now most my sticks are just worn out, the flex is gone, they are done I live in VA surf VB and OBX and i have my eyes on several boards. First off I want a stick that last, I treat my boards well they last me a long time until the flex the pattern is gone basically. Iwant a board that is fun in the grovel 1 foot msuh, but can be surfed hard in chest to head high swells as well. Something that paddles well because due to lack of time in the water now the paddle strentgh /speed is slowing. Boards styles / options I am going with Like the looks of the LOSt Rocket / Motivator LIke the Firewire El Fuego / DOminator / Spitfire WRV Bob Yinger shape I wouldnt be in this predicament if Tommy Morre hadnt moved out west, my quiver will never forgive you Tommy. ALl my boards for the past eten years have been from TOmmy, still have 4 of the 6. I just wore them slam out For durability and mainting the flex characteristics over time I am looking at Epoxy, granted not the Surftech type crap. I would love to hear peoples opinons on the XTR construction/ Firewires / COil. All my sticks have been PU but like i said i want something that maintains its flex characteristics over time. I keep my boards protected all the time so other than pressure dings I am not hard on boards. I know the Lost boards come in XTR contrustuction and probably run up to $800 with the XTR FIrewires are $615 thhen got to buy fins WRV custom is around $550 not sure howmuch the XTR or COil contrustion is additional so.... What do you guys think.