I pulled out the Bing Lotus for this week's swell, which I think turned out to be just the right call for Thursday and Friday morning's head high super plus sets in southern Maine. I didn't think to capture the visual report/forecast for those days, but my MSW forecast screenshot (below) shows that even the fading swell is still solid, long period, and head high!
I'm working out lots of kinks on that board, but it is performing really well out there in the heavy stuff. It's an 8' long single fin and has lots of volume under my chest. I can't duck dive it, which makes it tough to get out past the shorebreak - or under the cleanup bombs. But it paddles almost as well as a longboard, has pronounced entry rocker and a beak nose, and exudes the image of speed. (Besides, I can't duck dive anyway!)
I managed perhaps 4 nice, long overhead waves in about an hour on Thursday before work. Friday's legitimate wave count was only 2, but they were really fun, long, massively overhead lefts. In an environment where strong surfers were not even able to get past the shore break and giving up before they got outside, I really had great sessions.
My rights on Friday just weren't happening. Partly, it was wave selection. But there's also the matter of learning to let the board run down the face to make the bottom turn and not trying to force a turn on the wall. Twice I attempted to force a right while dropping in. As one might predict, the fin gave out and the rail couldn't hold.
The board rewards - indeed, demands - flow and style. I'm learning that with the lefts; the rights, not so much. I want to imagine that had I found a third right on Friday, I might have managed to relax on the back side and let things develop. But there's a contradictory mental thing going on when dropping into a 10-12' wave face: There's the excitement/fear that accompanies the all out scramble to get into a massive breaking wave that can swallow you whole, coupled with the board's demand that one relax and go for the ride it offers.