The Ocean Kayak SUP Nalu 12.5 Stand Up Paddleboard Package includes your choice in color on the Ocean Kayak SUP Nalu 12.5, Carlisle Taboo Paddle, and a Paddle Leash.
I bought the Nalu 12.5 package through ACK about a month ago. It shipped quickly (I had it at my house within a week). As far as the kayak goes, I love the versatility of it. I normally take it out on a lake, and go back and forth between stand up paddling and kayaking. It is extremely stable as a stand up board. As a sit on top kayak, it isn't the fastest. There is some sacrifice in speed in order to accomodate a more stable platform. However, it is fast enough to get by, especially for recreational use. It is heavy. You can't just tuck it under one arm and take off. If lifting and maneuvering 50lbs is challenging for you, this board would work best if you can leave it at the water you are paddling on. I haven't had any problems loading it up in my truck every time I use it, and I'm no He- Man (I tip the scales at around 165lbs). I like that the package came with the Taboo paddle, because I would have gotten one of those anyway. Don't expect an amazing kayak paddle or SUP paddle from the Taboo. However, it comes with three attachments so you can stand up, kneel, or sit and paddle. I haven't use it for fishing yet, but I plan to. The ability to stand up and cast is really convenient. I gave it 5 stars, because it is exactly what I wanted it to be. I wanted a kayak that is durable and comfortable with good tracking. I wanted a paddleboard that is stable, but long enough to be fast. This kayak/board satisfies on both counts. It is also reassuring to know that I can stand up paddle out to the middle of a big lake and not have to worry about the wind picking up. If it does, I just sit down and kayak where I need to go.
Nice enough as a basic SUP. It is a hybrid which means it isn't great at either a kayak or an SUP. On the good side - it is very well built and doesn't need to be handled with kid gloves. It is also quite stable. Compared to SUPs I have rented this does as well - so yes I consider it a good entry level SUP. I like the hatch in front and the bungee straps in back when used as an SUP. As a SOT kayak- I weigh just a little over 200 lbs and the stern submerges when I use it in kayak mode. It doesn't respond the way I like a kayak to respond and maneuver, so I don't care for it as a kayak. My 12 year old son had never been in a kayak or a SUP and I put him on this and he was switching back and forth between SUP and kayak without any problem his first time out. So yes, it is easy to use and stable.
I shopped around for SUPs and then for Nalu pricing and packages and was very pleased with this package. The paddle and leash were sent separate from the kayak and the delivery of the kayak from the trucking company was smooth and easy - I scheduled the delivery to my home and when the truck arrived, the kayak was wrapped in two layers of plastic and was lighter than I thought it would be. I'm liking the flexibility of stand-up, sitting (or kneeling).
This is a wonderful SUP and a functional sit on top kayak. Foolishly, I purchased a $2,300 ocean-racing-capable SUP that was 28" wide with smooth edges. At 56 years old I am just not quite the athlete that I use to be and I kept falling off of it in 52'F water! So, I sold it and purchased this Nalu 12.5 and I could not be happier. On a scale of 1-10 for SPEED, the $2300 board was a 10, but the Nalu 12.5 is a very respectable 8-9 as it has a fast hull design. If I made a very small mistake on the $2300 board, I fell off! I have made HUGE mistakes on the Nalu and have never fallen off. I can put 3/4 of my 200 pound body weight on one leg and I am still fine. My wife can put all of her 120 pounds on one leg on her Nalu with no problem. Yes we just purchased her one and she is loving it too! So for STABILITY the $2300 board is a "2" and the Nalu is a "10"! Because it is so stable, I think I have 10 times more fun on the Nalu, whereas on the $2300 board I was almost always worried and having to concentrate just to stay on it! Regarding toughness and durability: On my 2nd time out on the $2300 board, I left the board at the edge of the dock for about 30 seconds to help my wife on her Hobie Adventure Island (yes, we love those too when the wind comes up!). Well, a medium set of waves came into the dock, I didn't hear much but when I came back for the board, it was trashed with a 1 inch long hole in the top and at least 40 other scratchs / dings / chips! So the $2300 board was a "1" in toughness and durability whereas the Nalu is a "10"!! At 50 lbs the Nalu is heavy in the air but feels very nimble on the water and turns beautifully. As a sit down kayak the Nalu is functional but nothing to write home about. It seems that in order to have the foot wells in the center of the board, the area for the seat is too far to the back. It doesn't seem dangerous but it doesn't feel right and is not very fast. In my mind, having the weight towards the back could be perfect for surfing waves in the ocean, which Ocean Kayak states it is designed for. But, for use in our lake, I purchased the ALPS Mountaineering Seat which I put in the center of the board and it works well. Great SUP from Austin Kayak for a fantastic price! John B.! If you put yourself in a seat where they have I purchased a sim