This one is different. It is faster and funner. I have a different inflatable board that I use in multiple roles. I have also used other inflatable SUPs. I got this for my wife and when she isn't looking I take it out as much as I can. If you think you don't need to go faster, you haven't spent much time on the water. Faster is always better. This is stable, lightweight and just cut through the water. This is a rocket!