Most of the boards I have sold this year have had a Matte Lacquer Finish!
May-be guys are more conscious of weight and therefor the performance of their boards….. I know I am.
It is true, a Full Gloss and Polish sure does look good…. but a board is mainly for surfing, and looks should come second.
Having said all this, a Big Old Cruiser should be a little heavier, it will help a bit with the “Glide and Trim” etc.etc
But if you want and sudden changes in direction… less weight is better!