This robust boat does wonderful in lakes and rivers. We paddle some pretty big surf in Lake Huron, enjoy river runs and calm, serene marshes and wetlands. This boat does it all for me. This is my 7th season with my Riot Edge 14.5 and although it has a few scratches the boat performs as well as it did on my first paddle. I am 5'7" so feel like this is a great size for me. This boat has allowed me to get into beautiful spots such as Point Pelee National Park marshes that only paddlers have the opportunity to witness. It can be used for a great workout or a very peaceful connection with nature.