Seen a guy surfing one a few weeks ago, thought it was an old kiteboard at first from a distance. I like how many different boards are around nowdays, a generation of riders were on the wrong boards for sure when everything was low volume pointy 6 -18 -2 1/4 10 years ago.
definitely..well I would say there is definitely a place for that shape too, but again it depends on what you are using it for.
I love it how finally (with some limitation) there is some more radical movement even in the surf industry. Just about gone is the old fish..but the new fatty boards now are agile and fast.
IMO the newer boards are even taking a cue from standup boards with volume distribution and tapered rails. I love it. Yeah I know not exactly new, but still a newer direction.