But this is the only OC that I've paddled that handles just like a planing hull kayak. Blunt bow keeps you in control when ferrying and peeling out. The bow and the high sides keep you amazingly dry in big wave trains and holes. Hands down, best handling & surfing/play boat/river runner made. Not for a beginner - it's so loose a novice will be swimming a lot. Every experienced paddler that I've let paddle it, loves it. That big grin always emerges.