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Ocean Kayak Nalu 11 photo4 stars (out of 5) Submitted by: bvalinski on 2014-04-18
Summary: Fun...indestructible SUP. Great entry level board that can double as a spare kayak. Although not the best kayak for a taller paddler, this capability have saved me on a windy day when it was impossible to paddle back while standing. This is a great SUP to spend a day on a lake. There's even room to bungee an Igloo cooler on the back to bring your lunch along.

Pros: Extremely stable, indestructible, and relatively inexpensive. Has decent speed for a good paddler.
Cons: Heavy. Would also be nicer if you didn't need to keep your feet in the grooves for them....not a big deal, just not as flexible as a flat top board.
Usage: Recreational paddling....picnicing.

4 stars (out of 5) Submitted by: Bob on 2014-03-31
Summary: The Nalu 11 is a great entry level board for trying out SUP. It also functions as a sit on top kayak for when you need a spare it's handy to have a couple in your fleet.

Pros: Inexpensive, stable, and versatile. Extremely durable, and will handle tons of abuse such as rocky shores or multiple teen age boys goofing around on it . It has plenty of hook points and bungies, so you can strap on a small cooler and spend the day on the water.
Cons: The Nalu is vey heavy.....about 50 pounds. (but once you get used to it, you can carry it on your head using the two side handles, which makes it easy to get on your car roof). I don't like needing to use the footwells to stand does keep you straight for paddling, but you really can't reposition yourself. Because it's hollow, it does flex quite a bit if you try standing anywhere else.
Usage: Great SUP for large large lakes. Very fast on flat water, tracks nicely, and is easy to control. Perfect starter or family SUP.

4 stars (out of 5) Submitted by: JC on 2014-03-28
Summary: Everyone thinks we are standing up in our kayaks when they see us in our two OC Nalu boards. The rotomolded type of board is heavier than typical boards but they do not require a fin which lets us go where many of our friends can't. They are very very stable and can hold a ton of weight, we frequently get an adult and two children on our 12.5. The 11 is a bit faster and turns a bit quicker than the longer board and is even fun on mellow river sections but is not the greatest design for surf.

Pros: This SUP is very stable and easy for the kids to use solo.
Cons: Just like the Nalu 12.5 that we own it is quite heavy compared to more traditional boards of similar length.
Usage: River, Lake, Pond, Long Distance.

4 stars (out of 5) Submitted by: RW on 2012-10-04
Summary: Love it very fun and strong...not the easiest to balance on but quick

Pros: can be used standing kneeling or sitting
Cons: Balance is tricky

5 stars (out of 5) Submitted by: Krista on 2012-08-14
Summary: My family and I have been kayaking for years and wanted to try SUP as well. We bought one of these and it has been a great hybrid for the two activities. It's perfect for people who live in areas where some waters are more ideal for kayaking but enjoy standing up as well. Being able to go from sitting to standing and vice versa has been awesome! I recommend purchasing a detachable kayak seat (it hooks onto the board with no problem).

Pros: Stable, lightweight, comfortable
Usage: Sight-seeing, exercising

5 stars (out of 5) Submitted by: Kate on 2012-06-23
Summary: I got this for my 50th Birthday (I picked it out). I was looking for a lightweight sit on top kayak that I could put on top of my SUV by myself. I use it as a SUP, on my knees, on my stomach - paddling with my hands, as a raft to just float on, and as a kayak with and without attaching a seat. I have 3 kayaks and this one is my favorite

Pros: Lightweight, tracks well, stable.
Cons: No carry handle on the back (like the one on the front)
Usage: exercise, touring, my dog sits on the front.

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