Scooped a 9' in a trade several months back. Hadn't put it in the water yet because, well, I didn't get in the water out east in Jan/Feb/Mar. Finally did and glad I did. Impressions: - I 100% agree it will help my shortboarding and in big ways. - It's very different from SB'ing. - At least on stomach-high waves, it feels like you have significantly more time to do everything while getting to feet and will therefore allow me to fine-tune things I didn't know were even lacking in technique. - It feels a lot faster on takeoff but that doesn't unsettle you due to increased stability and extra reaction time. - It's harder to take the high line on a drop. Then again, I may have been looking down at the flats on takeoff rather than down the line. - The extra paddles required while the wave is picking you up is a good habit to have when back on a smaller board. - It's a cigarette boat for paddling. - Walking the board will be unavoidable most sessions, and I'm willing to learn. Did a bit of it already. - I can still whip that nose on turns from the tail at times, at least on that 9' with tail taken in and thin center fin only. - Learning to roll instead of duck dive will be interesting. - It's fun as hell and thanks to all Swellers who championed the riding of LB's.