That green incut Matt did was for me, had a few pals who have had similar and when looking at the hacked up blank I'd started on we were unsure of what to go for. So stoked on the whole process, we drew with pencil not mouse, used templates that have worked for other boards, discussed ideas and refined them by eye and Matts knowledge. I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like, Matt was super receptive and did a great job with the glasswork.
When he dropped it round the other day, there was a little chart for a bit further down the coast. Couple of foot or so we'd spotted so we went down hopeful for a session. It was pretty small, around 2, 2/12 foot and mellow, most people were riding mals and scoring some cruisey waves. After a few getting used to it, I realised I was sat not too far in from them, my wife was on a 9'6 and I was on a 5'6 and we were going for the same waves, pretty nuts really. Seems to pick up waves nicely, its super loose so you have to surf it proactively, get it on a rail, stay in the pocket, not necessarily pump though.
Tide dropped, a well known sort of sand semi reef right started to work, I walked down there to join 2/3 other guys on a lot punchier, more shapley and slightly bigger peaks, a few closing out not perfect but pretty good. Locked into 2/3 super nice ones, powerful bottom turns, quick adjustments, one or two nice turns that felt fast. The board just seemed to be able to handle quick movements on critical parts of the waves. Close out hacks were a blast! At one point i managed to dig my foot in as I popped up a bit squiffy (still getting used to the fact its 6" smaller than my normal board), fully stalled, rose to top of wave and then hacked it back in and took off down the line again, something I cant imagine my other fish doing. I felt like we were forced to take a gamble on the rocker due to the blank Matt was working with, its a little flatter than it might have been, but actually, its small enough to take drops and as its a bit flatter, you can get in a bit earlier so it all balances out and makes for a faster ride.
My go-to 'shortboard' is a 6' Empire Jeckyl Quad, I like it, great board. It always seemed to have more drive than I needed, couldn't seem to put it places I wanted to sometimes, couldn't quite get the minute adjustments you need to get the most out of a wave but I feel super confident and comfortable on it, really enjoy surfing it. I've now given sole use of it to my wife, I honestly don't see myself surfing it now I have the incut. If she doesn't like it, it'll be up for sale. Can't wait for the next swell, really want to get it on a nice clean left with a little more size. I couldn't recommend one more, get Matt to do you one, they totally work!