We have had this baby up to 9 miles an hour. The idea is you move back on the seat as you start to surf a swell and forward again on the flat. It works well. We used a longer paddle since your sitting so much higher. This position was very comfortable and with the foot strapes you could get a very positive stroke. The bow is pretty different, I had never paddled a reverse rake bow before. It had noticeably less resistance than a regular bow untill water came over the whole thing. You can check out how the bow works on the video.