| Submitted by: Paul on 2014-06-28
Summary: I've been paddling the 12'6" Explorer by Red for nearly a year now. It's my first board and I bought after my first and only lesson and I've never looked back. I wanted a board that I could use for getting away from it all for a few days if I wanted and it certainly allows me to do that. Obviously very large and stable it has really helped me to work on my technique and become reasonably proficient (along with watching several hundred videos on YouTube)! What has been a surprise though is how much of an all rounder the board is. I regularly take it surfing and although my friends affectionately refer to it as the "QE2" it never let's me down and I have been able to transfer my limited surfing skills to SUP. All in all a brilliant board that I would recommend to anyone of any level. I am now in the market for a board for my wife as she has caught the bug too and it's a great way for the whole family to spend the day together. Red boards were recommended to me by a friend who takes SUP very seriously and has several boards for different disciplines and he could not have been more right. Thanks.
Pros: The size and weight loading capacity. Not to mention the fact that it really is an all rounder. I also very much like Red as a company. I have been in touch with them a couple of times about spares and general trivia. They are always very accommodating and helpful.
Cons: I not mad about the colour scheme and often find myself wishing that it looked a little more grown up.
Usage: Mainly touring and exercise but if the surf is good that will always entice me in!