This is the closest to surfing and standing on a lake. Arrived yesterday (1 day earlier than expected, albeit went to neighbor's house, kind neighbors - and honest). Tested on today's wind, waves, and current - the strongest I've experienced so far on Lake Perris (a dozen times total, you decide if that's enough to evaluate lake conditions here). Anyway, for such a choppy lake day, I only fell once off the board and another time on my knees on the board. Padding is great, paddle floated when I fell off, ocean bag stayed in bungee cords (so did my flip flops), leash stayed in tact and performed its purpose, fins and shape work pretty good maneuvering considering such a strong current. I will say, I felt like I wasn't moving at times but it was the lake conditions - and nothing leaked, like I said, I stayed on board pretty much, and only thing I'd change = next time, I go wearing a life vest. Perhaps, for my heavier set family members and/or for a trip around the lake that doesn't allow me to feel every wave of the lake, perhaps I'll plan in 2021 to add another wider/heftier paddleboard to the mix. As a surfer, I absolutely loved the feel of riding the waves on a lake. I'd be less confident doing this on an ocean, until I can solidify my personal paddleboard skills. AWESOME buy for an AWESOME price. (less than Costco board, AWESOME accessories - shoulder strap is my absolute fave, and manual hand pump worked perfectly and fast, for not being an electric pump. So, yeah!