I decided to buy this board because it's inflatable (great for small spaces). It's super easy to inflate, if you enjoy an upper body work out! The board is super steady, it did take me a few falls in the water to find my "sea legs," but that's OK. The board came from CA to MI within a week! Also, I have used hard SUP boards and have fallen directly on them (tons of pain) fell directly on this one, no pain, bounced off (genuinely wish I had a video of that)! Anyways, buy this board, not only is it beautiful and immaculately constructed, it's completely worth the price!!