This is my view (only) and something totally out of Sydney (OZ).. but anyone who isn't riding a Thruster in 2004 is not keeping pace with the dynamic that's happening in Australian surfboarding in the 21st Century. US surfboarding culture has developed along its own lines and has not necessarily followed the Thruster Concept (Simon Ando). Like the US is miles away from Narrabeen.. and that's all cool. But, for what it's worth, Thrusters allow the most drive and manoevreability in ALL conditions that the average surfer will experience.. and for every wave type that a Professional Surfer will experience also.. whether they be a Kelly Slater, Andy Irons or Simon Farrer..or Nov..or Colman..or Gallagher..or perhaps, you. Please keep your eyes open and you can be your own judge. Oh.. no offense but OZ still leads the surf world!