I tried this board out on the Hudson River. This was the very first time I was on a pure race board. It took about five minutes before I stopped falling because, at 25" wide, it has fairly low primary stability. Once I got the hang of the way it rolled, it was fine. Like any good race board, it's fast and light. Great glide too. A strong paddler with good form will do well on this board. Be careful though; this light board isn't nearly as tough as a straight cruiser.