I've got the 10.5 ft Bote "Flood" with the (Gatorshell) technology. This new coating makes it 6x more durable than their epoxy version of this model. Its fast, its sexy, its light.
I surfed short boards for years and a buddy got me into paddle boarding in May 2017. I got major SUP fever and had to have my own board. I bought the 10'6" Flood Classic in July 2017. I've taken it out 12 times in 3 weeks.
The good: It paddles well. I've been on boards from 8 different manufacturers, and The Flood is my favorite. The double hull construction definitely makes a difference. It's super stable and handled well while paddling against the wind and in a rip current (true story). Also, surprisingly easy to catch some longboard action on the waves thanks to the rocker.
More good: Aesthetically, it's utter eye candy with all the features and options that whispers sweet adventure to its owner. It's the sexiest board I've owned - the supermodel in my collection.
The bad: Unfortunately, just like a supermodel, it's more fragile than it looks and lacks shine in person. Right out of the shipping crate I was surprised the board wasn't protected with a gloss coat or at least a polished hot coat. This left the board super porous. Now I get the need to reduce the whole skin-friction-drag, but it's so porous that simply gripping my board with clean hands leaves handprints all over the rails. The cosmetic issues don't end there. After two uses, the BOTE logo on the rails is rubbing off, the wood inlays seem to be drying out, and it dings like a DeLorean. The smallest bump on my SUV car rack or tap on the rack in my house leaves a permanent scuff or ding.
Since it seems to be the most fragile (and most expensive) of all the boards I've ever owned, I am worried about how long my Flood Classic will last. If not for its fragility, I would have given it 5 stars instead of 2.5. I want to give it a 5. I really do, but for all the board's beauty and bells and whistles, it needs to be tougher and able to withstand normal handling.