This toy has some of the smoothest, silkiest silicone I have ever touched. It completely lacks that squeakiness that some toys end up having. It has a fair amount of give at the thin neck point, but the tickler and head are rather firm. This toy, like most silicone should, has no flavor or smell. The texture also has some wavy, lengthwise grooves that are really more aesthetic than stimulating, but that's okay.
The design of this toy is pleasing to look at. It's not over the top, but it doesn't have any harsh angles either. It fits nicely in my hand, and the buttons are in a sensible place. It's small, so it's easy to travel with, but don't think that anyone will be fooled that it's a massager if it's found; it's pretty obvious what it is.
The only downside to this toy's shape is that the tickler attachment is a little short, and I find myself having to angle to reach the right spots sometimes, but this can vary from person to person.
The greatest feature of this toy is its 10 functions, which are as follows:
-Low, rumbly vibrations
-High, buzzing vibrations
-Low up to high acceleration, then to low again
-On / off high pulsing
-On / off rapid, medium pulsing
-Low to medium acceleration, then three high pulses
-High pulsing, then rapid medium pulsing, then two long low pulses
-Low vibration, then high vibration, followed by a quick low to high acceleration
-Low pulsing, a short bit of rapid medium pulsing, rapid high pulsing, then some longer high pulses with a very long one at the end
Now that's a lot of functions! There's one to please everyone, and since I'm a setting cycler, I love that by the time you get back to one, chances are that you've forgotten it, making it new again.
As far as noise goes, this toy isn't whisper silent, especially depending on the setting, but it's nowhere near a powerhouse massager vibrator. And underwater, it's practically soundless, and still works great.
Care for the Surfer couldn't be easier; a quick wash in soap and water will do, with a towel or air dry. You can also use a 10% bleach solution. Don't put this toy in the dishwasher or boil it, as it will ruin the battery mechanics. Remember to never store it in contact with other silicone or use silicone based lubes, as it could damage the toy! Water based lube is the way to go with this one.