This was my first kayak and it is still one of my favorites. It's nice and light which is important since I am small and kayak a lot by myself. It is very easy to handle in the water and it is always the kayak that my friends fall in love with when I loan it out. I have only used it for river and lake kayaking so don't know how it would do in the surf. It doesn't have a lot of dry storage but for the recreational kayaker that I am it is enough. My grandson learned to kayak sitting in front of me and it was comfortable enough to go for hours even with the two of us and he had no problem handling it even with my added weight.
I would definitely buy this kayak again!