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.
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.
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
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.