I have the 17" helium version of that handle. It floats. I totatlly love it. I often wonder why there arent more 17" handles out there. I know the sanders is 15". One complaint I do have is the foam tabs in the corners peal off pretty quick. At first I tried to reapply them but now after having the handle (2 of them) for the last 3-4 seasons, I just ripped that off and had no problems. For the 30 something bucks they are asking you won't be dissappointed. I loved the older parks handles that were built like tennis rackets but they would injure me and my boards. So this handle gives you a nice rigid handle with out the potential for injury or damage to your boards.