Yeah, Ronnie rips on a shortboard. He is well respected among the WCT's surfers and often gets some of the best waves during morning warm ups on tour. I personally don't equate ripping with mid-lengths. Have I seen really solid technically great surfing on them, sure, but I generally I reserve making the "ripping" statement for electric, dynamic, explosive maneuvers in and (not necessarily) above the lip. I thought James Cheal's performance in that video was not doing any marketing favors for that model and Ronnie, if I saw him at my local on that board, I'd just think that he's a good surfer, but not ripping. Do I enjoy watching Torren, Beau and many other great surfers on longer no-HPSB's, hell yes, but for me the slight lag it takes to move the larger boards around takes away some of the wow factor and brings it back into the attainable performance realm of most good surfers.Here's another one: Chilli Mid Strength.
The dark haired guy is Ronnie Blakey, and he rips on that thing - I reckon.