I've owned a V10S for 4 years. I love this surf ski. I'm balance challenged, so I had a learning curve that lasted about a year. I've seen other more athletic guys get in and paddle without problems right away. I still swim every once in a while when I challenge myself in big conditions.
In our surf ski group, several paddlers who have V12s still paddle their V10Sports in big conditions. It's a great kayak.