Hi All, first post and a beginner so go easy hahaha!
So I'm getting into SUP'ing and have had a go on a few bigger "all-rounder" boards (YOB 10'10, 10'2, O & E 10'6) all around 180L, 32in width etc. All have been hire or demo boards and Ive found them pretty easy to use and generally don't fall off unless trying pivot turns or something new etc.
Ive probably done about 3hrs all up on these boards. I'm interested in fitness, touring, etc in the river and ocean and am based near Freo in Western Australia.
So, I'm looking at the NSP 12'6 board or similar boards (Star board freeride, JP outback), as I think that's where I'm heading.
My question is this, am I going to find this type of board difficult or reasonably easy to use?
Anyone have some feedback on these type of boards? Ease of use etc?
Don't know what model the nsp 12'6" is that your looking at, but I've had an NSP/DC 12'6" x 29" coconut for maybe 4 years now and can't bare to part with it, nice board to flatwater paddle, not bad to down wind and great fun in small waves.
I have the same board and feel exactly the same way about it, it's a keeper!
Some of those big touring boards are pretty heavy and can be tiring over long distances. 12'6 x 28 is an ideal size for weight and stability.
yeah, check the weight. NSP made these boards using their standard construction ("E2" i think) which is a little heavy but bullet-proof, great for a beginner or early intermediate and very reasonably priced. Then NSP started working with Dale Chapman to make the DC range which are more serious and more expensive. Lighter weight, more exotic materials, more advanced shapes.