Finally got out and tried the boat with 500 pounds of steel shot. OH MY GOSH. it's a completely different boat. The kids have never had an issue surfing but I had trouble with creating enough push. I had absolutely no issue with surfing with the additional weight. Would have never ever thought 500 pounds could make such a difference. Kick myself for not buying the weight sooner. Always had a tall enough wave, just not enough push. Anyone having this issue, buy some weight and place it mid ship. DISCLAIMER. I have no vested interest in any lead or steel weight bag companies. Hope this helps so.eone as much as it helped me!!!!!