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.