The Phantom is a fantastic board. It is very easy to get used to and very user friendly.
It feels safe and forgiving. It's a board you can rely on whatever the conditions are between 2 to 5-6 ft waves.
So, very reliable and user friendly, yet it's definitely a high performance surfboard. It turns well, it's fast and responsive.
The only downside I would find to this board is when the waves get bigger, the fuller rail doesn't 'knife' trough the face of the wave as well as other boards that are more oriented towards punchier waves. Also at very high speed the bottom turn can become a bit sketchy.
But for waist high to a little over head, it's perfect. I've had a lot of fun with it, and I've improved my surfing.
It's also one of the best paddlers I've tried so far.