First thoughts, lots of flex. Second, good stability for a 9'3" SUP. Today wasn't the best day for SUP, I would have not gone out or surfed my short surfboard because of the conditions. The waves were chest/head high on sets with a low tide, straight east swell, no wind and lots of rips. This was as hard as it gets for stand up. Lots of water from all directions and short period swells that road each others back. My legs were shaking because of nerves and stability. You know like the first time you tried to stand up surf! The blow up board is a fast paddler! Faster than the SUB V I think. I know. I paddled into waves off balance and half holding on. The first several waves I took for granted and nose dived at the bottom on the chop. I found you have to draw out your bottom turns more. You really have to sit back bacause the nose bounces. But! The board can handle a tight rail on take off. No off the lips or tail slides today because of conditions. I know I will have fun with it in clean conditions. Hello SD!