Goanna, thanks for the offer. I'm enthusiastically looking at the Unibrow now which is a similar outline but perhaps closer to what I have in mind for my needs. I really need to demo/fondle one and hear some feedback from people who have actually used one.
yeah the volume thing is interesting. Theoretically I could surf a board with volume anywhere between say 33 litres up to around 43 litres depending on the waves concerned. My actual boards range from 35.5 or so to 41.8. I suspect around the 37 or 38 mark is around perfect for me for average to better waves. That's bearing in mind I have a bung left shoulder (rotator cuff tear) which means my paddling lacks the explosiveness it once had. Plus I'm older and slower. So I need a board with a tad more volume to get me into a wave earlier. There's a touch of a performance tradeoff but that's the world eh!