This is my first SUP that I have owned, but I have ridden before. It feels so durable and strong yet if I fall on it or go over rapids, it is not a problem. I thought the 9'10" size would be small, but even if it is smaller than the other boards I have ridden (~11'), I can't notice the difference. It balances very well in the water, and is super rigid; my dad couldn't even tell that it was an inflatable until I spanned it across two chairs like in the pictures and stood on it, where it still only flexed an inch or two! He was amazed. And of course with this small amount of flex on land, there is no flex on the water (unlike other iSUPs). I live in Bend, and I see other iSUPs, and I can tell they are inflatable as they are flexing with the person's feet just about at the water level, which isn't the case with mine! I would recommend to anyone wanting a nice SUP, inflatable or not, because it is better than the others I have ridden ($7-900 range), plus it folds small and convenient.