The Tarantula is a great surfboard for small to medium sized waves. It can even handle larger surf in some instances. The wider nose is great for ease in paddling and getting into the wave early. Once on the wave, lean forward on the board and it will carry through to the inside section easier than a traditional shortboard due to the broader planing area. The narrower tail allows the board to bite and pivot and thus turn easier than a wider tailed board. The Tarantula model surfboard is like it's namesake: strong and well designed!