i dont think it is taking on water. it does have a tiney hole on the top side of the tail, couldnt even fit sand through it, and i plugged that full of wax. other than that thought, i didn't think that bics could take on water, thought they were pretty solid (why they are so heavy). i mean, it is heavy, but i didn't think anything of it, thought it was supposed to be that way - floats/rides fine and all. i just was a little concerned when i came across this other bic that was over two feet longer and inches wider and significantly lighter. does bic use different materials on different boards maybe??