12'6" Raven

12' 6"
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12'6" Raven Description

Much like the Great Bear, it was designed as the ultimate touring and expedition board, for long distance paddling and open water conditions. The new shape and volume allows for more speed and a more comfortable paddling experience in most conditions, coupled with multiple secure points for the gear that you need for a successful expedition. The shorter board allows for a more manageable touring board.

12'6" Raven Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • New shape & volume allows for more speed
  • Superior glide & great tracking
  • Liftsup™ handle for easy portage & locking
  • Holds loads of gear, forward & aft
  • Ultra comfortable honey comb deck pad

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12'6" Raven Reviews

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First of all, the Raven is a…

Submitted by: loki5 on 6/7/2019

First of all, the Raven is a fantastic looking board, with eye-catching graphics. But it also handles exceptionally well, especially in choppy water thanks to its hull design. It's stable and tracks very well. The gear tie-downs in the front are awesome for connecting bungee cord or webbing to store your gear. The only downside is that it's fairly thick, so not the easiest to grasp (especially when wet) to put on top of your car/van after using it, though admittedly this is a small nitpick. Overall, if you're ok with the fairly steep price tag, I'd say you can't go wrong with this board.


I saw the board and just…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/1/2016
I saw the board and just loved it. I had actually tried out approximately 10 different boards and found this one to not only be beautiful but by far my favorite. It was not inexpensive but it really seemed to perform. I have owed one other less expensive board that held up better than this one. I would have given this review 5 stars if it were not for the following. This is the second summer that I have used this board and let me define that as really only three months since we live in the north country and have a very short summer season. This board has never seen been left in the Sun for more than one or two hours when I was using it only. It is stored under an overhang. I was concerned about the gelcoat fiberglass finish and knew I would have to worry about it with rocks scratches. However here is the real problem... something that I could not have anticipated ... At the end of last summer I noticed some small cracks in the black areas of the board. I did not think too much of that however by the end of the second summer now I have multiple cracks with the gel coat peeling up anywhere from an inch to 2 inches all over the black color areas of the board. I did not feel this should have happened with this expensive board. So I contacted the company and sent them pictures. I got told these were abrasions or scratches and that I should buy some sealing compound and fix them. Truly this is a defect in the material and this should not be happening in a less than 2 year old board. After I asked around from where I bought the board I found out that this is not uncommon. They blame it on the sun and the board getting hot and cold. Let's get real.... this is an outside sport! Pros Beautiful board with respect to the colors, bamboo inlay, etcetera. Paddles well and I feel it is very stable. Cons As mentioned above I think there's a real problem with the fiberglass or gelcoat. I also think the company knows it. I would not recommend this board to anyone in with someone had let me know this one I bought this board. The board is too expensive to have to be repairing in its second summer of use. Usage Generally use it for exercise and just for fun.

The Raven is my favorite…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/15/2016
The Raven is my favorite board as it is well made and extremely versatile. It is a really good looking board with great graphics and a sturdy construction. I have used this board for touring, training, racing, sup lessons, and for transporting kids. This board is great in most conditions and really handles chop well. The volume and bungee system on the board make it great for overnight camping trips and longer expeditions. Everyone that tries the Raven wants to buy it off me but there is no way I would sell it. It is the backbone of my fleet. Pros Very stable, great design and graphics, tracks well, nice glide, light, sturdy construction, easy to pivot turn, great for expeditions and versatile. Cons Usage Touring, training, lessons, expeditions and racing.

Great for touring, exercise,…

Submitted by: Holls1606 on 4/7/2016
Great for touring, exercise, and recreational racing. Pros Designed for flat or choppy water. Bamboo covering for better grip. Cons I love it Usage Exercise

I call this board the "Johnny…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/5/2016
I call this board the "Johnny lunchbox" of boards. Anyone can get on it and almost instantly feel like a pro. I use mine alot for lessons because it give new riders a good boost of confidence right off that bat. All that being said I have also used it for multi day self supported tours and it excels! Pros stable and fast. can hold a bunch of gear and breaks very large swells with ease. Cons a bit on the weighty side but doesn't slow it down. Usage multi day self supported trips, lessons, touring and fitness

The Raven is the backbone of…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/5/2016
The Raven is the backbone of my quiver. It's fast enough for longer tours and stable enough for any conditions. I use it a lot in the winter for training when I can count on the stability to keep me from taking icy swims. It's got enough volume to handle a passenger, especially unpredictable ones like kids and dogs. Pros Stability, speed, and durability Cons Usage A jack-of-all-trades board

The BW 12'6 Raven SUP is an…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/5/2016
The BW 12'6 Raven SUP is an amazing touring board! It's great for cruising around your local lake or pond to check out the wildlife or to load up with some gear and go on your first over night SUP trip. Pros The board is really light and thus is really easy to carry long distances and load/unload from the car. The 12'6 length seems to just be spot on for crushing with speed, but also short enough to easily step to the back for quick pivot turns on the go. I won't lie, the board is really aesthetically pleasing....it's just a rad looking board. Cons With any fiberglass board I'm always nervous about collisions with rocks, but I've been really surprised at the durability of the BW Raven 12'6. Usage Recreational Races Exercise Touring Teaching

My first board. 12'6" TECV. I…

Submitted by: mainegirl13 on 1/1/2016
My first board. 12'6" TECV. I was looking for stability and speed to get a great workout on the intracoastal waterway. The Raven tracks well, handles wind chop and downwind conditions easily. Overall a good board for fitness and touring. Pros Quick, tracks well, handles chop and current easily. Very lightweight for the size at 28 lbs. Cons A little big at 12'6" and a bit deep. I would have bought the 11'6" but it wasn't available. Designed, but not made in the USA. Usage Fitness,touring, sun worship ;)

I use my inflatable Raven in…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 11/9/2015
I use my inflatable Raven in ocean waters, Punta de Mita Mexico. Very stable even in wind and rough waves. Enjoyable to ride, easy for beginners. I love riding it at least 2-3 x per week...like walking on water! Pros Maneuvering, Weight, Tracking, Stability, Cons Punctures easily and I've had to use the patch kit 2x ...I'm very careful with my board! Usage Exercise, touring, yoga

Great board! First that I…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/8/2015
Great board! First that I have owned, 2nd that I had used. Strong recommendation to all looking to buy, do it Now! Pros Easy to carry, great ride control and balanced! Cons Waited to long to buy. Usage Touring and alternative exercise to using kayak. I do Tri's and marathon, nice change and good workout.

Fantastic all around board. I…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/13/2014
Fantastic all around board. I even fish on it. Very stable (i am 220) it is crazybsuper fast if you want to race. It is easy to turn. It is light. About 30. It can handle rolling waves. But off course no surf. Pros Cons Usage

The Boardworks Raven 12'6"…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/7/2014
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

The Raven is an all-around…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/2/2014
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

this board is hard to beat.…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/9/2014
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 Usage touring

At 12'6" and 30" wide with a…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 3/23/2014
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. Cons None Usage Touring, exercise, fishing

i'm 5'10Prosstableeasy to…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/16/2012
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