I'm a 3-months-in newbie and LOVE my stable, comfy, predictable Diesel 65 (I'm 5'11"", 165) -- one thing that should be mentioned more often is that it is fast and tracks quite well compared to most others, but is still plenty maneuverable. It surfs easily and forgivingly, and you won't be doing cartwheels, etc. soon so don't worry about the volume hurting in that area.
What I like best about it is how the super secondary stability gives my newbie butt more time to react and brace before it really goes over.
Second best thing: It was great during high flows on our main local Class III run (see: http://www.cacreeks.com/trin-hel.htm
... photos show high flow). The volume and stability made crashing over and through the big waves and holes an absolute blast of a ride! It does well in those condition but then is still fun to carve and play some on mellower stuff.
As far as catching eddies, I find that it just takes very aggressive leaning/edging and I can grab them well.