Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-20-12 8:47 PM (EST)
in both sizes is backordered at REI with no ETA. They sold out in the first few hours of the anniversary sale back on May 18. At that time they were 15% off. I ordered mine at 12:05 am the first day of the sale lol.
IIRC you can still place an order w. REI, but the sale price is gone. However, they won't charge til the board is shipped to their store. But, who knows when that will be.
A buyer friend of mine (for a 4 store local chain in MI) told me that demand is blowing up. Boardworks couldn't give a date on a re-order.
If you have a bead on a locally used or demo Raven 12'6", I can tell you it's a nicely finished good looking board friendly to beginners and above. You can hardly lose by going for it. If it doesn't suit you or hubs there are many ppl who'd take it off your hands.
I haven't demo'd Naish but from another, larger stand up board I frequent, they are very well regarded.
no info on Hobie.