Last February I had a Fusion Back surgery . The healing process is 9 months, but the surgeon has allowed me to free ski at slower speeds. Horton brought over his demo to try. Well the deep water start is so easy and so little stress on my back. This is even easer to get up on than a wide ride ski. Great ski, easy to ski on , I just cannot go all out on for a couple more months. Looking toward that day .