| Submitted by: Shannon on 2014-07-07
Summary: The Boardworks Raven 12'6" SUP is a great, stable board. I'm a novice paddler but feel confident paddling on both my knees and standing up - in calm and choppy lake water mostly. Love the gear straps on the front and for easy life preserver storage. This board is large enough for 1 paddler, but can also be used for 2 paddlers, paddler + dog, or paddler + passenger (my boyfriend often swims long-distance and hitches a lift when he's tired). The board is a quite large (but that's the trade for stability) and stands a few inches above the water (it's a 6" thick board). For the smaller paddler, it might be tough to transport, but at only 30 lbs, it is manageable for most. I am on the small side and will stick to launch sites that are within a few minutes of parking. I do wish the traction pad was a bit softer for times that I am kneeling or resting.
Pros: Design, Size, Stability, Lightweight, Storage Strap, Bamboo Look
Cons: Traction pad a bit rough when kneeling
Usage: Touring, Exercise, Yoga
Submitted by: CS on 2014-07-02
Summary: The Raven is an all-around fantastic touring/fitness board. It rides even better than it looks. This stable board is easy to get up to speed, tracks like a dream, and is relatively maneuverable for its size. This is a perfect board for someone who wants to tour, train, and dabble in racing.
Pros: Gorgeous board! The Northwestern motif is out of this world. Super stable and forgiving, paddles like a Cadillac.
Cons: It's a bit heavy, but it at least has a nice handle for carrying.
Usage: Touring and exercise with a bit of racing
Submitted by: EP on 2014-06-09
Summary: this board is hard to beat. It is smooth, can be used in almost any condition, looks great. You can use it for fishing, camping, racing.
Pros: multi use
Cons: a bit big
Submitted by: Joe Henry on 2014-03-23
Summary: At 12'6" and 30" wide with a recessed deck and 6" thick this board is stable, BUT it really will move right along as well. 4 tie down points in front help to carry gear and a very comfortable deck pad is great on your feet after a lond day paddling. Lastly this board is a real eye catcher with its wood/bamboo deck and native graphics.
Pros: Very stable, good glide, good tracking, great looking.
Usage: Touring, exercise, fishing
Submitted by: scooter on 2012-05-16
Summary: i'm 5'10
Pros: stable easy to paddle great tracking durable construction
Cons: a little heavy not great in the surf but it's not a surfing sup
Usage: exercise, touring, cruiser