| Submitted by: Pebblekeeper on 2013-05-17
Summary: This is a perfect beginner board. A very stable board that makes it simple for beginners to pop up for the first time. The pad is large and very soft and does not hurt the feet. The handle is perfectly balanced and the board is light enough to pick up with one hand using the handle.
Pros: Stable. I have rocked it to a 45 degree angle and have been able to push down to stay up. I have never fallen off. Large areas to attach a life jacket/supply bag. Smooth paint allows for the use of suction cups. Glides straight and smooth. Able to use in large swell and calm lakes. I have had several experiences where I should have fallen off, and the board was easy to push back into the water. It rides on it's rails well.
Cons: It is a slow board. The bottom is flat, and I'm wondering if that is part of it. When the swell kicks up the waves wash over the nose of the board. Adustments to standing balance helps correct this, standing further back on the board. The large size makes it a bit harder to quickly flip on top of car racks, but I can do it by myself. The grey band shows every time my paddle has hit the rim.
Usage: I live on a lake and use it for daily exercise. I paddle about a mile and a half a day the lake is 3.5 miles long, and have taken it a couple of times on 6-7 mile trips. I have taken it into the bay and up the river with surf swells coming across the bay. We have not had it out in the surf yet, but plan to do so this week. I carry quite a bit of gear on the board, and would consider it for touring. I am learning Yoga moves/stretching and use the board for that on the lake.