I stopped by Surf Concepts the other day (big mistake!) and ended up walking out with an epoxy White Diamond with a 5-fin set up. It was used but didn't have a scratch on it. It even came with a thruster set of fins (although I have about 4 different fin configs I could throw on there already). I got it for $275 which was a bargain, IMO.
My buddy made me a copy of one a couple of years ago, but I've always wanted to try the real thing to see if there was a difference. I'll be honest...he came real close with his copy. About the only difference is that the WD has more foam and is definitely more floaty.
I took it out this morning in some sloppy windswell and had a good time on it. Like my other boards with fat/wide tails, it feels completely different on the take off. Not only does it plane quickly - to the point that I bailed the first couple of takeoffs - but I can't tweak the board in to position the same way as a standard squash tail thruster.
Usually I can put pressure on the tail immediately on take off and slide the board in to the slot. Not so much with these wide tailed boards. I've found that I have to sort of use more rail and arc it in to place, if that makes any sense at all. Regardless, once I'm up and running this sucker is fast. At the end of one wave I did a little two pump at the end to juice more out of the wave and found myself flying off of the closing lip. I'm not used to that kind of speed.
But it was good.