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Picked up the Otter at Costco two years ago. The paddle board is stable for beginners yet narrow enough to get some good speed. I use it mostly on a large lake when wind and boat traffic can be challenging. Only once have I taken an unexpected swim due to losing my balance. Overall it is well-built and easy to maintain. I added a bungee cord deck rigging to keep beverages, sunblock, etc. in place. Love it!
Stable yet reasonably fast. Well built.
The included paddle is fair. Upgrade to a carbon fiber paddle and you'll have no regrets. I wish the deck rigging was included but it was easy to add with a kit that includes all necessary parts and adhesive.
I use it primarily for exercise and recreation on Colorado lakes.
This board was my first...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 8/9/2015
This board was my first I've ever used so don't have much to compare to. However I found it easy to balance on and didn't fall in except when hubby tipped me on purpose. It has a lot of space for extra stuff and was stable on the lake. It got pretty windy and I didn't feel tipsy at all. The downside is it's pretty heavy and takes a while to turn. But it's a great workout and I enjoyed it immensely.
Very stable, easy to use.
Exercise and fun
We purchased the Otter...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 7/25/2015
We purchased the Otter last year and have used it dozens of times, we love it. I am over 200 lbs and it floats me fine. Comes with the paddle and fin/leash, we never use the bag.
very sturdy, good foot padding
it's on the heavy side
Great beginner board for...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 6/23/2014
Great beginner board for stability and price.
I really like the stability of the board. Many people of all sizes have tried my Otter and all have found it easy to paddle and very stable. The cost was low for SUP boards in general so I don't feel I need to be as careful about dings and scrapes.
It is a bit heavy for a long carry or to lift on top of my SUV, but I expected that somewhat with a longer board.
I use on fresh water lake and river, and in salt water, in predominately flat water. Though does well in short chop. Have tried some yoga and is very stable for that.
A decent all around board...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 6/21/2014
A decent all around board a bit slugish on flat water in light surf it performs satisfactory
well built durable good beginer board
it's heavy carry handle design needs some improvement for me 11'2" is a bit much for my height and weight
I use this board for both flat water touring and light surf