Is this board technically a soft-top? The deck feels like a more hardened shell, akin to a giant, oblong, blue m&m. That said, it paddles and catches waves extremely well for its size—like, longboard-well. In the same vein, it creates its own speed and flies through sections with ease, which is great in gutless surf. The turning part, however, presents a problem. The floppy fins offer little in the way of hold, so when you stand up, try to make sure you’ve got it pointed in the right direction. For the parent who is looking to get their kid onto something for learning and growth, toward a regular shortboard, the Doyle is a great fit.