You're not wrong Archy...
I don't know if you recall, but I had a B&W one a few years back, as a step down from the magic carpet I had been riding. Whole experience was a waste of time as I just couldn't catch many waves on it and even when I did, I was all over the place. Well, putting 18 months time in on a 6'0 simmonsy type board, and a year on a 6'6" nugget before that has obviously helped no end, because today's first surf on the speed dialer was a success.
Firstly it looks beautiful, lovely shape and finish Waves were only slightly harder to catch than when using the lumus, even in the average 2-3ft croyde conditions today, which surprised me. More impressive though was when up and riding, I had expected to feel a real sensation of bogging and lack of drive compared to the lumus, but through turns or compressing/extending along the face of the wave generated an impressive amount of speed. Less than the lumus for sure, but significant all the same and speed seemed to come more in 'bursts' than a continual sense of flow and forward momentum that you get with the lumus. Different approaches to speed for sure, but I can foresee the speed dialer approach perhaps being more rewarding in the long term.
The real joy came from jamming a big forehand topturn into cutback, that felt amazing! Definitely feels a bit more controlled yet with more bite and excitement. Currently using the standard FCS fins, which Simon of GS swears by over the speed dialer fins, for all round use. Was knackered after getting 6 waves, so called it a day, but looking foward to putting some proper time into it as today was just a taster. Is yours still your go to board, or are you more into the Widowmaker these days?