I just got a new 6'6" Dom. I am 6'4" 210 lbs and nearly 50 years old. I started surfing when I was 36 and really can only claim to be an intermediate. I surf mainly soft waves south of San Clemente CA (Church, middle trestles, San-O bluffs). I also surf Salt Creek and HB. I am not comfortable in surf much more than a foot or two over my head.
I have been surfing Merricks. My favorite is a 6'2" Fishcuit (46 liters volume), but I also enjoyed my 6'4" Flyer, my 6'5" K-Small and my MSFG2 singlefin (6'10"). I don't surf enough anymore to ride my smallest board, so I basically traded my 6'4" Flyer for the Dom. I took it out on its inaugural run today and my response was....meh. It was 2-4', with occasionally head high sets, high tide at Middles (Trestle). The board didn't seem to do anything - just kind of average. I ran it as a quad (Stretch FCS) with a Knobster in the middle. Not real fast, not real snappy, not real lively, didn't catch every wave I tried to catch. My Fishcuit seems better on all counts (except for the occasional slide-out on bottom turn).
Somebody please tell me I am going to love this board, and why.