I started riding in '93 and had the old Gnu Dukester back in the day, loved it! Should have been buying Gnu/Mervin all along. I have kinda big feet (11) and was sick of toe/heel drag so I chose this board. Now I am so much happier and can carve much harder than before with no overhang. You sacrifice a little weight for the width but its worth it to me. Only issue is durability, I got a few deep scratches on the base and top sheet but got 'em fixed at the local shop. I could care less how many cosmetic scratches I have on my board so this didn't bother me at all. Such a sick board overall and would suggest to anyone who is frustrated with heel/toe drag and likes to ride fast. Had several pow days with it and several park days and it rips it all.