Last year my favorite board was the 5'5" trespass too, I also replaced finboxes … Due to an injury I had to start kiting strapless. I thought the trespass was too narrow so I also got a 5'4" skater. Since I had the skater I have not used anything else! It works in light winds and high winds (155lbs 9m and 6m Rally) . I have to use it when it is choppy and it even works then, although it is hard work without straps. All in all: the 5'4" skater is awesome! Since I am so happy with the 5'4" I am considering getting a 4'8" for travel since it fits in a golf bag. TT, does the smallest skater still feel like a surfboard or is it more like a skim? What is the difference in ride between the 2, does it work as early as the 54, does it work in high winds? Enjoy your Skater!
More like a surfboard, kind of like a skateboard actually. It does work in high winds, but the 5'4'' will go a little earlier in light winds.
The 4'8'' feels looser, and not as surfy on more solid waves, but there is more than enough surf DNA in that board. Works great until you get super high speed on your board
Also throws a nice spray off the top