What's up Brian? Come visit the delta again!! I appreciated your comments, and I'll add a few, as I spent this past weekend on the Byerly with no fins. I initially had ridden it with the fins, and I wasn't feeling it at all - too slow on the cut, and it was sticky and unpredictable on the release off the wake. Without the fins, it was awesome for me - totally different board. I think finless is the way it was designed to be ridden. Maybe the fins are included just for "shelf appeal." It does land hand, but Scott's boards always do - this one is better than previous models. I agree, it could be unpredictable when riding the rail, but only in choppy water - not a problem for me when conditions were moderate to smooth.
One additional thing I am worried about it whether the p-tex bottom will eventually peel off where the water hits the leading edge of the cut-out. That's a lot of pressure on a board, and I can't think of any other existing board design where a laminated leading edge has to constantly be cutting water like an airplane wing.
Undecided whether I will buy a new one. I liked the ride a lot for my style, but I will probably wait a year and see how they are holding up.
Maybe I should try that CWB again!