I am DF vendor, rep for Quiksilver as well as Lib Tech, GNU, (Mervin MFG) and Oneballjay. I am a boardsport enthusiast and use a bunch of out product rather aggressively. I'd love to share my honest opinion about any of our product and my experiences.
Awesome fabric with the Cotton/Poly & a little spandex for some stretch. The DWR coating makes them dry extra fast. The Scalloped leg and retro look just add to the awesomeness! Fits a little on the snug side, but that tends to be the case on any boardshort as you don't want those things coming off in the water and getting left in the flesh on the beach.
Just got these sickies and am in love! A little torn though because these will make great Snowskate boots, but they're so stylish that I don't want to destroy them on the mountain just yet. The Gusset allows me to rock loose laces and slip these bad boy's on and off easily. It'll also help keep the snow out.
9.5 foot size = 25.5CM, but with a good pair of low profile boots, some good bindings and 12+ degrees of binding angle, you should be just fine. The question you should ask yourself is if your height and weight range fit within this boards spec's.
The Horsepower = 100% basalt Fibers + 90% Columbian Gold wood core is not on this board. It does utilize the Axis Inverted Fiberglass as well as the H-Pop wood core, so you still get lots of POP, but at a more affordable price.