Thanks for the help everyone. took it out in some snowy fun waist high surf early this am at my local narragansett area longboard spot. Stoked. The board is a total blast. Really loose with the california classic but still had enough drive. just a bit tippy with the heavy roll in the tail of the board, but made for some smooth tight cutbacks. At some point I might go with something else with similar area, but longer with a narrower base.