Fitting in the range of stable (18' x 22" wide) composite surf skis such as the Epic V6, the Cruze is a light 28 lbs and has two storage hatches, one with enough storage for a multi-day trip. Yet it surfs (downwind / coastal) like a narrow performance ski, is fast, yet has solid secondary stability making it hard to capsize.
With a 32" inseam (I'm 6'-5"), I fit in the cockpit comfortably and am still able to use leg drive.
So far, I've paddled it in 30kt downwinding conditions, large freighter/tug waves (4-5') and in tidal rapids. I am stoked by the performance of the ski. Broached by a breaking wave it held without a capsize and I found it easy to catch and sustain long rides on waves.
The cockpit empties well with the two bullet ventrulis. The foot rests and cockpit are comfortable. I'm loving the rail grab handles for carrying and/or quick lifting up on beaches with shore break.
The ski has two bow/stern handles which also double for securing to a bumper if needed - or attaching a bow line if parked on a beach. Unlike many skis, the bow has less volume this catches less beam winds but has enough to prevent pearling.
Overall the ski is not only a beginner level ski, but one that is a stable option for rough water such as downwinding and surf.
And also a great touring ski for full day or overnight trips. I gave up paddling traditional sea kayaks for this type of sit on top which is super light to carry and super fun to paddle.
Compared to the V6, the Cruze actually fits my 32" inseam, feels lighter to carry and has less volume overall, thus feels more like a ski than a kayak.