Was given this kayak for use for the day. Spent the afternoon paddling around the Monterey Bay and the marina. The kayak was easy to use for a novice, and I like the responsiveness it had with steering. Something I like about the Riot was how easy it was to get in to and start from the shore. Carrying it from the car to the beach was not hard since it was relatively light. Once on the sand, I drag it the rest of the way. The kayak glided through the water with ease, and way easier than the clunky kayak from the rental company. I glad I got to try this kayak, and look forward to buying my own. Although I will be getting a tandem.