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).
Great deal and board. If you are looking to get the most out of a board this is the only one that does it. Easy to use stable and converts to kayak as easy as just sitting down. We added the paddle holder and attachable seat to make the transition easier.