I thoroughly enjoyed my morning paddle with Mike on the Fox River between Geneva and St. Charles. Mike's very first time in a sea kayak, and he aced the test. A wobbly start, but smoothly transitioned to a fluid stroke and good stability. Superb 75 degree sunny day for the 3.2 mile round tripper. Mike is not a person to start with the mamby-pamby stuff; he mounted that expedition sea kayak, a Valley Nordkapp, like a kid riding for the first time without training wheels. A brilliant first effort from great friend and paddler.