I have had this board for almost 1 yr, mine has added reinforcement/stringers, as I wanted this board for wave riding & jumping.
The board has a flat nose & tail rocker, so much so that before I put the fins on it looked more like a skim board. But the rocker does work well, although for me, the board does not feel as fast or as crisp as the old Naish 5'0 Global. The lack of crispness is possibly down to the extra reinforcement and the slower speed is because is does have very rounded rails.
The rounded rails do give the board a very assured feel on a wave and for me, the board excels as a high wind waveboard, as it is super controllable…. I have used it in up to 45-50knots in a moderate sea state and it was perfect. The board also has a full deck pad and despite its small size, it is one of the easiest boards to gybe.
On a wave it feels very loose & snappy, but again with great control. It feels just as it looks in the video above.
When I spoke to Stretch, he did warn me that this was a small board, "as Trow is a midget" - I saw him years back in Cape Town & he is small !!
My board has future fin boxes and I did need to change the fins for the largest future to get the board to work for me (I am 90kgs and like a board that grips). Also, if you order a board be warned about colours - I was asked if I wanted orange and said yes, expecting a bright orange, but mine is more mustard brown!
In summary, at my weight, the 4'10 is a great high wind board and feels great in the air.