If you want a good downwind/rough water board that's not too sluggish in the flats, not too heavy, not fragile, has understated yet beautiful graphics you should check out this board. Oh yeah, and it retails for about $1800 which makes it an incredible bargain. It's true that there is no board that excels in every aspect of the sport and all conditions, but this board comes close. You want to tour on it too? Put some shock cords on it and go, it can handle the weight. You are a big guy and want to do a little racing, go for it. If the wind is at your back or the conditions get rough, you just might have an advantage. You want to do some downwind runs on it? Well, this is the board for you.
To make this board perfect, they just need to start using the new undercut finger wells. This is a big board designed for windy conditions. Carrying the board to and from the water can be tricky in the wind. A better grip on the board would be great.
The wind picks up around here in March, I can't wait! Here's a little video I did after my first outing on the Shaka. Can you tell I like it? :)