no disrespect winwin, but I couldn't disagree anymore with this.But i have surfed it in peaky, good, barrelling waves and it has a hard time staying in the barrell...i remember stalling, changing foot positioning, and dragging both arms in order to get a cover up , but its inherent speed made it hard. Also, i find that surfing in the pocket is definitely a bit of a challenge too. And, for me the pumping that is require in traditional hpsb quads/tri's allows me to get into the rhythm and feel out the energy of a wave, which is a good thing...not just blazing fast speed.
I feel the exact opposite. My quad Raptor is my go to board when my beach break is peaky and starting to throw a bit. I've found that you have to slightly alter your surfing to get it to work and instead of surfing it like you would a standard shortboard, you have to take into consideration the "slingshot effect" that it has and dial it back a bit. but it's a GREAT tube-riding board imo.
As for the pocket, I think it likes the pocket too. Flowing right into it and you just use the speed to get the most out of it. Works for me at least. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/shrug.gif" alt="" />