Epic made the v7 indestructible! The surfski is designed to use either a fun or a rudder, the mechanism is simple to adjust and easy to Take apart. We created our own quick assembly of all cables and it made setup and takedown a breeze. Bought 2, got my fiancé hooked on surfskis and she is becoming a very fast paddler. Don’t hesitate! If you want a fast kayak, especially on lakes with no motorized boats this is the kayak for you. And it’s a lot cheaper than a carbon v10. Wish they would make a closed hull sea kayak from the same material.
I am in love with this surfski, we are rowing them on lakes and ocean, rivers and in pool for capsizing and loading practice. the folding rudder option for lake use is so intuitive and simple to install and use. balance is not an issue and I am 6'7! the v6 was too narrow for me, but these babies are just my size. the fact that they can take a hit and not crack is my favorite thing so far. I am all about speed but some lakes and rivers do have floating surprises and one hit on a very fast session could be a crack on a carbon hull (I have one carbon surfski and it is well pampered and covered). one thing i dont like is the fact you can not paint them, they are white because of the material they are made of and any paint or sticker will not stay on this kayak/surfski.