The Compact definitely has some float to it. Down the line in sideshore conditions, it feels like you are on a 6'0-6'2 surfboard. The key is the reduced swing-weight. In high wind this board is less likely to get pushed around in the gusts. Normally, in side-shore/ high wind, the nose of your board tends to get pushed down off the back of the waves. I havent felt the Compact do this unless it was rider error.
In the end you have a board that surfs extremely well but also maneuvers extremely well for aerials. I have riden this board primarily in small to medium size surf. It is definitely my pick for this winter's wave season!
The durability is pretty good as well. No problems after riding at least 50 sessions on it. I weigh 180 lb. I have riden 4m-12m kites with this board. I'm sure you can dent it like any other board but it will take some effort.
I know you can get these by the end of October in the US and Canada. I'm not sure if they are ready elsewhere.
Hopefully that helps.