The All Star 12'6'x28" is...
The All Star 12'6'x28" is a fantastic board. It's pretty much the jewel of the "can-do-it-all" board. Whether you want to enjoy a stroll along the shore, race or catch small waves, ride the swell or rip and even boat wakes, it does it and it does it with a little effort. It can generate a good speed, acceleration and it is quite stable for its width and shape especially due to the shape of the tail increasing the stability and buoyancy.The shape of the nose splits the water and keeps the relative attitude of the board making it able to keep its momentum with no or minimum amount of water flooding the deck and if it ever happens, the side holes will get rid of it. It won't take long even if you are a beginner to get a grip on the board and fly by the other SUPers around giving you that great feeling of doing a great job. Very easy to paddle and track.
Overall, great design, carbon light weight and still affordable
I totally recommend this board wether you are a beginner eager for speed up to advance riders.
Great speed, great acceleration, good stability, light weight due to carbon technology, can ride swell, small waves, boat wakes, great for entry level racing. Easy to paddle, good tracking. Lots of fun
Manoeuvrability is not at its best but as expected with a board of this size, shape and design, but if you master the pivot turn form the back of the board, then it won't be a problem .
Not a fan of the design for the handles, would rather like a recessed handle system but it's just personal.
Manoeuvrability as explained above, but it's normal for the design, so not really a con.
I use it as exercise, small surf when too small/not powerful enough for other boards, round waves or bigger swell, very little racing due to my schedule and a bit of touring with my friends