I won my QCC Q500X kayak in 2010 in a paddling.com contest. A great stroke of luck! This kayak is a great boat for all levels of paddling experience. It's very comfortable for large paddlers. My kayak is very fast on lakes, handles rough waves and strong winds. I live in Colorado so no ocean experience yet. It holds a lot of gear for trips. The quality of design and construction is excellent. I highly recommend it.!