The Matador is a fairly versatile board, but really works best in anything from thigh high to slightly overhead with good shape. Don't be afraid to take it out when it is a little mushy however since the wider nose make paddling a breeze and can help coast through slower sections.
The Matador is designed to surf tight in the pocket. Combining elements of the Polyphonic, with a slightly wider nose and pulled in swallow tail. Combine this with nice tapered rails and a single to double concave and this proves to be a fast board, excellent paddler and loves to surf tight in the pocket.