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
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
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
Great SUP from Austin Kayak for a fantastic price!
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.
This kayak/paddleboard is the perfect solution for our needs! We
have used a tandem kayak the last couple of years in The
Bahamas but I was very interested in having either my own kayak
or a paddleboard. With the Nalu, I don't have to choose. It is a
great multipuropose board and I've already enjoyed it at our local
lake. In fact, the Nalu was a huge hit with our friends at the lake
and we spent more time playing on the boards (I got 2) than we
did with the powerboat! I love, love, love this board!!!
I got this Nalu 12.5 package
for Christmas & I love it. Took
it to the beach & kayaked in
the surf......so stable & easy to
handle....waves knocked me
off once......was easy to get
right back on. Stable for
able to change from standup to
My Kayak SUP is the envy of
everyone on the lake. Love
the back cargo area for my
cooler and the dry storage in
the front for my towel and
other essentials. Add a
waterproof speaker box for
your I-phone and you are set!!
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.
Love the stability of the board.
It is a bit heavy but that makes
it stable. The plastic material
can stand up to weather unlike
the board made of fiberglass
which have to be constantly
protected. So ease of storage
is great. I can leave it on the
beach. The paddle is basic and
I will up grade to a better one
This was a great purchase! Somewhat heavy but just
get a cart and you are good to go...Handles well in the
water, very stable. The convertible option is really nice
too (change to kayak, I mostly use as paddleboard).
The dry hatch is great - actually goes the whole length
of the boat - so careful making sure it doesn't slide
back. But would be GREAT for overnight river trips.
Paddle needed a little work with a drill to get the part to
fit just right, but not a big deal. ACK shipped my
product quickly :)
I love it... it is so stable that i
can take my big old doggy with
me everywhere. i have tried
other boards that were tippy
when its wavey, but my ocean
kayak is so stable and plenty
fast for me....
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.
Chris on the lake
The low profile of the board makes it a great
choice for lake paddling. My wife thinks my
168 lb. weight submerges the stern. I don't
think I can move the seat forward so it
wouldn't interfere foot placement for stand up
53 year old non-athlete
the board is great! the package price was a
real deal and I was able to use the board,
standing and kneeling the very first time we
put it in the water. At 50 pounds, you don't
want to have to carry it too far, though.