Thanks Dirk! Not that it's a be all end all in terms of brands, but after many years windsurfing there was something about Naish boards that I liked. They had a "feel" to them; lively, yet smooth and controlled. I don't know if this Naish pedigree has a crossover into kiteboards, but I believe I could do worse.
Being that the Cypher is relatively wide and flatter in the rocker, any smaller (narrower) Global will probably do the trick. I did take notice of something you mentioned in terms of 2012's being stronger, especially with straps > bump & jump. In stronger winds I'll probably opt for riding with straps and the temptation to jump will always be present...It's also fun to use waves as ramps independent of kite power for air. The challenge however is not remembering to engage the kite to softening the landings sometimes. But this has the potential to damage any board doesn't it.
The 2011 5'4 is advertised with with a small dent on the bottom and top. I questioned the owner but it was downplayed > stating minimal use. Dent's aren't always an issue provided there's no delam or breakthrough, and they're properly repaired in a timely manner. If not, this board could turn to trash in no time. Not being able to personally inspect the board makes this one a potential gamble. Unless the price is right, I may steer clear of this one...May just spend a few more dollars and get a newer less questionable board. Don't know yet.
I pulled up a photo of the "dents" on the bottom. They appear to be nothing more than surface depressions > from sitting on hard objects / small rocks perhaps. I suppose as long as there's no water entry, I can just repair the depressions with an epoxy-filler mix.
Thanks again for your feedback!