This was the first surfboard that I bought. The purchase price for the board was $450. The board is constructed with an expoxy core and a mini-cell foam is laid over the core. That layer of mini-cell is the 'softop' of fhe board.
The board shape is the classic Robert August "What I Ride" model. It has 60/40 rails, a depression on the front bottom of the board to help with the boards speed and a thruster fin configuration (2 plus 1)
i have now had the board for about a year and a half and I have really enjoyed it. The construction lends itself to beginners because you don't have to worry about dinging the board when you bang it into things, run into rocks, etc. The foam top of the board doesn't require wax so it is essentially just a grab and go board. The down side of the construction is that the board is a little heavy but it isn't a 'log' by any means. The upside of the added weight is that the board is really stable.
Over all, I have banged this board, dropped it once and not been very careful with it and the board is still in great shape. I liked the way the board rides enough, that after having it for a year, I bought the Surftech all epoxy version of the same board (so now I own 2 8'4" What I Rides but one is the Softops version and the other is all epoxy). I use the Softop board when I take my kids and other beginners and I still ride it about 10% of the days that I surf).
I have been very happy with the board and recommend it for beginners or people looking for a high quality board for their kids or other guests.