Anyone used the Naish Gun? I have been looking for something for large waves, often quite choppy. I currently have a Naish Global (love that board!) for the cleaner big waves, and a surfboard (no straps) for the small and messy stuff. After reading this thread, it doesn't sound like it matters too much as long as I get something narrower with a pin-tail.
Not sure what you mean with matters too much...but here is my take on it.
Wave size and speed is highly correlated. When board are wide, they flatten out and you lose control. If the board are super short they get squirly..I mean these are generalizations and other factors impact as well, but the thin pin tails help you dig in. They are not great for going super well upwind or light wind..but for control at high speeds they excel beyond anything else.
I've never kited a smooth large wave...they are ultra choppy even when looking fairly smooth from afar.
The Naish gun cuts through chop like nothing else and will give you control while not being squirmy even at high speeds.
I have one. I have only used the 2012, but only a few times. Bonus..carbon...looks killer.