This is my second board from Tower. They have been nothing but helpful in every way. I currently own the 14ft xplorer isup and the 10/6 classic hard board. Both boards are quality products and well worth the price. The 10/6 is very light, very stable, and very aesthetically pleasing. Smooth matte sanded finish and nice deck pad. All of my paddling is done in the Gulf of Mexico and the classic is very easy to manage in surf,chop and flat water. For 499 + shipping I dont think you will find a nicer new hard board for a better price. The staff at Tower has always been very responsive and helpful with any questions or issues that I have had and take the time to give individual customer service. Having paddled different boards including inflatables, plastic, and epoxy, the Classic is a great board to learn on in my opinion because of the manageability of the size and the inherent stability but also has good performance characteristics if you are a more experienced paddler.