I have been paddling for 3...
I have been paddling for 3 years and quickly realized I wanted something more sleek and fast than the entry level board I bought at Costco. We looked at several touring boards in the $1500 to $2000 price range and I even tried a few. My husband bought me the Kraken 12'6" Touring board for Christmas and I loved it immediately! I fish from my board also, which was part of the reason for buying the Kraken. It slides through the flats where I fish quietly, with little or no slapping noise from boat waves, and tracks beautifully. The indented deck is very dry. I have a net hooked to the tie down plugs where I store gear and it stays dry. I was amazed watching waves roll off the bow as i paddled in windy and wavy conditions on the Gulf of Mexico. My feet were actually completely dry after a long paddle in calmer waters, until I washed down the board! And though I already have good balance, the Kraken feels even more stable with the widest part of the beam centered further back. The Kraken is also very light for it's size. I am 53 yrs old and 5'9 1/2" and I am able to handle the board easily to load it on my SUV. The pop up carry handle is very helpful also.
I just paddled the Kraken 5 miles on a river trip here in Florida and enjoyed every minute of it. My husband even commented on how great it looks gliding through the water. I highly recommend the Kraken 12'6" Touring board.
Great looking board!
Very lightweight for it's size.
Touring, fishing, exercise(some yoga). Perhaps racing in the future.