This is an interesting cruising board. Most boards of this style are biased towards going in a straight line, but the Pono really wants to turn. I think it's the curved nose, but if you paddle this board hard, you're going to notice this. I like the design. It's a good light cruiser, and I think the design with do very well in chop. My only suggestion is to get a good tracking fin with it, or you might get a little frustrated during a longer cruise.