1st of all I want to say if u want a kayak that is for flat water paddling and u want a fast 1 then I suggest that u do not purchase this kayak. It is a great kayak for surfing because that’s what it is made for. I give it an 8 because it can do what ocean kayak says it can. I recently paddled this down Alexander springs and many other springs here in Florida and u really have to work hard to get it going. So I give it an 8 for what it can do but if u want a boat for speed then don’t get this 1.