I've tried the 8'3 and 8'10. I'm 190lbs and the 8'3 is borderline for my weight unless absolutely clean. 8'10 has a little more stability and flotation and both boards are a whole new level once on the wave. 8'10 paddles into waves easier than 8'3 and feels smaller on the wave than the Hokua 8'5. Not sure how that works but board is amazing! More grip and more speed than older 8'5 Hokua and you can easily turn as tight in the pocket. I'm stoked on the board.