I've only been paddleboarding a few times over the past 10 years and not for more than an hour each time. That said, I do a lot of coastal kayaking and paddle mostly performance kayaks. I knew this board would be a bit advanced for me and I was prepared for a steep learning curve, but I knew I wouldn't be happy with a more recreational board for very long.
What a pleasant surprise! I took it for a quick spin last night after work and was able to stand up within a few minutes and got up some speed even. The winds were very light and the water very flat, so I'm sure that ideal conditions had something to do with it, but the board felt pretty good after just a few minutes.
The board, bag, and optional electric pump all seem to be excellent build quality. Shipping was fast, had the board in Florida in just a few days. I absolutely LOVE how light the board is, it's easy to carry and I can even reach the center handle (T-Rex arms, I can't reach on most boards).
Knowing very little about SUPs but quite a bit about kayaks, I was concerned about buying an inflatable. Friends that have paddled them have hated them and complained about "chatter" and other issue. I bought this board because all the reviews I ready (by actual paddleboard magazines and paddlers) raved about how it feels like a ridgid board. I honestly could not tell the difference and my partner (who does paddleboard) is absolutely in love with it.