This is an awesome board to suit a beginner or an advanced heavy rider. Has awesome flex in the tips so makes riding through the chop super comfy but has enough stiffness in the core that you can load it up for good pop. I had the option to buy a duotone at instructor price but I still went for this board cause I was so impressed with it.
I used it for a couple of months of teaching on cocos as such there is some light scuffing but nothing major. it comes with ozone pads which I find are more durable and comfier then xenon pads.