There are many people building wood surfboards that don't know or don't regularly surf. That creates a dangerous situation. Wood surfboards are no joke in some hefty surf.
It's my opinion that wood boards can be very dangerous. Builder's with little or no experience surfing. They should learn on a soft top or a regular surfboard first.
There are really exceptional days when I take out my homemade boards I love riding my own boards. It's very special. I do have fun riding a soft top on the small days.
The soft top is slower than a regular board and it doesn't turn all that great. The plus side is it doesn't beat you up. Be safe for yourself and others.