I’ve got the 5’11 here, if anyone is wondering about the ‘paddle in’ potential of this board, here are a few notes:
I took the 5’11 for a paddle after the wind died just to see ‘if I could’ at a clean, but fairly average beach break. I usually ride boards longer than 6’2 (I’m 6’, 190lbs there abouts) but nipping around a compact little beach break I would say I could not far off as many waves as I would on my regular board. Once you’re up and riding it, it has good acceleration and is compact enough to fit into tight little pockets. I’ll be using it a lot more this winter; this was a welcome and unexpected revelation.
This is not a skinny a board; someone earlier wondered if it would be too skinny for flat water antics. There’s plenty of deck space for gybes and fancy switches and you will love the generous, flat profile deck grip. The 5’11 I’d say has a realistic template for most conditions giving you a good mix of early planing and control, though If I was making the ultimate quiver, in winds over 25 knots I would to step down to the 5’7 with straps :D
I haven’t weighed it, but it will weigh more than a regular custom stick or one of the new breed of super-light boards with valves in them, but having ploughed my way through several of the former and creased a couple of the latter, I’ll take the strength/weight/chop smoothing ratio of the OR Quad for my kiteboards.
Someone asked if these boards were like some of the big, clunky pop-out style surfboards that have found their way onto the kiteboarding market over the years - I must say I haven’t seen any new versions of that type of board (though I do know exactly what you mean by them) and for sure the Quad bears no resemblence to them This is a sleek looking board that feels and looks good under your arm as you trot down to the water’s edge.
I’ve got some low-light shots here - let me know if you want to see anything specific and I’ll take some more…