My husband and I each purchased a board after lots of research. We use them in the salt marshes and inner coastal waterways of Charleston, SC. Neither of us had any experience previously but we were both able to stand up immediately and haven?t looked back. These sturdy boards have been loaded in and out of our truck bed, on top of my Nissan Pathfinder, dropped, dragged through rocky oyster beds and concrete areas of boat docks, and haven?t made a mark. I am 5?8, 115lbs and the board is perfect. My husband is 6'2, 220lbs and it holds him without effort as well. We have a 5yr old daughter who is 45lbs and she sits on the front of his traction pad, safe and sound, even going against the choppy outgoing tide and small wakes of passing boats. That?s 265lbs on one board and still going strong. We love our Towers boards and promote them to everyone who asks. There are many other boards out there but none that offer the same combined benefits these do for a great price.