This is a really sweet board if you're looking for upper end of the entry level. Single removable skeg keeps set up/break down fast and simple, and its light (compared to other boards of same size) weight makes getting to the water easy. We ran 12 of these as rentals, starting last season, and other than people beaching on rocky shores and then walking off of the nose(!), we had very little to repair. I have to note that during a sudden storm, we had one unsecured board launch itself (from dry ground, where it was laying) 20 feet in the air, travel 50 downwind, slam into the road AND get run over by a Ford F-250. Literally. Rear wheel went right across board. Board stayed in service for the rest of season (about 6 weeks) and I fixed the crinkle in the tail (from where it had slammed into the ground) over winter. Board tracks straight, making it easy for novices to move in a straight line, and the low profile keeps it from being as affected by side wind. With experience, you can move aft on the board, get more of the nose out of the water, and haul on flat water.