Ocean Kayak's website says:
The Nalu SUP is "A sit-on-top kayak you can stand up and paddle! At 11 feet, the Nalu 11 is at home in the
ocean or on rivers - it's highly maneuverable and much tougher than a composite board. Stand up or sit down, the
Nalu is stable yet maneuverable. It provides a great full body workout and is perfect for the entry level to intermediate
stand up paddler who is just getting into the sport. Most of all, the Nalu is fun!"
FYI - Nalu is Hawaiian for “wave”.
SUP Informational note.
Only a few years ago there were no companies that offered Stand-Up Paddle Boards that I felt comfortable renting.
Even today most boards are designed for mid-level to experienced folks making it difficult for novice paddlers
to learn the sport. Those boards are not very stable, they don't track well and they do not offer a sit-down paddling
option. It's my experience that most of our customers just want to have a good time without having to learn technical
skills. Thankfully Ocean Kayak recognized the need and developed the Nalu. Our initial trial resulted in our adventurous
staff (teenagers) attempting for the first time to SUP while the rest of us watched in anticipation of a good laugh
but to our surprise no one even stumbled let alone fell-in. Even I managed to successfully SUP the marina interior
without mishap. And that my friend says a lot about the ease of learning the sport on an Ocean Kayak Nalu because
coordination and balance are not amongst my finer attributes.
A few SUP instructional
Once standing up on
the SUP, place feet parallel about shoulder width apart. You can move forward or aft in order to achieve good balance.
Now grip the paddle's T-handle end with one hand and place the other hand about midway down the shaft resulting
in a little wider than shoulder width spacing. Insert the paddle into the water as far forward as possible by extending
the lower arm and rotating your torso towards the front (without over stretching). Now bury the blade fully into
the water, rotate your torso towards the rear while gently pulling in on your lower paddle hand while pushing out
on your upper paddle hand. Let your rotating torso and back muscles do most of the work. This is all done in one
smooth flowing motion which will result in the forward motion of the SUP. Repeat this several times on one side,
then switch to the other side. After a few minutes of practice, the paddling motion will develop muscle memory
making it easier each time you take a paddle stroke. Now go enjoy yourself!
FYI - The paddle board speed you achieve depends on the distance of each stroke and the stroke rate.
Below are a few links that may be of interest.
Here for online Nalu Demo Video
Here for SUP Instructional Video 1
Here for SUP Instructional Video 2
> 11' Long
> 31" Wide
> Weighs 44 lbs
> 1 Person Capacity up to 275 lbs
> Molded-in Padded Nonskid Foot Wells
> Floatable, Featherweight Paddles
> Molded-in Seating Area for Sit-down Use
> Supportive Backrests for Sit-down Use
> Molded-in Carrying Handles
> Molded-in Integral Fins
> Trail Map Provided
> Loaner Coolers Available
> Loaner Sun Screen
Rentals By The:
> 2 hour, 4 hour,
day, weekend, week.
Things to Bring:
> Bathing Suit
> Change of Clothes
> Sun Glasses
> Sun Block or Sun Screen Lotion
> Camera - (we provide zip-lock baggie)
> Cell Phone - (we provide zip-lock baggie)
> Soap & Shampoo if Showering Afterwards
showers & changing area
Life Jackets Must
Worn At All Times
She is obviously enjoying
"I swear I'm not
too old for this".
Jake's 1st time on
a Nalu 11.
He's a natural.
The gentlemen has perfect
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