Been on the 5'6" Vanguard for the past couple weeks and can tell you it's not a twin tip skate feel. It is however a very fluid and fast surf feel, similar to snowboarding on powder. Insane upwind performance and that was setup as a tri fin. Almost afraid to see how much more upwind would be possible with the quad setup. It turns on a dime in the pocket and wants to stay ahead of you. The board has a lot of float for 5'6", there's a lot of volume. Keep in mind that with the parallel outline of the board you have an effective rail line of 6'2" traditional board with the 5'6" Vanguard. We are looking at releasing a 5'4" strapless version initially as that size will offer many riders access to a cutting edge surfboard. Boranup hits the nail on the head with adding a pad/strap combo for folks that want to ride strapped.