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I call it a hybrid. I can use it as a paddleboard to stand, and then a kayak and sit. I add a backband seat so I can use it as a back support seat or to sit directly on to pad my bum, but it's small so I can make it flat so it doesn't catch wind and become drag. It glides through the water like butter and tracks straight. Any waves that crash over it quickly roll off or drain through the scuppers.
It's a little cumbersome to load, but that's because of my size. It's no trouble for most. I can usally find someone to help or just deadlift it ontop the rooftop.
I use mine for pleasure and exercise. I use it in salt water as it handles surf and chop like nobody's business
I have owned and paddled the OK Nalu 11 for 3 yrs. This hybrid board floats my 5'8" 190lb frame just fine and is quite speedy. Being a plastic rotomolded board means dings and scrapes are practically meaningless.
I use this board to fly fish flatwater estuaries, lakes and rivers - as well as pleasure cruising. At times I've found myself drifting and casting while bouncing off rip-rap, knowing that this would destroy other boards.
Stable in flatwater and small chop, durable, compact, relatively fast, a good looking board.
This is a heavy board, tracking is lacking, no rear handle
Primary uses are: fishing, exercising, touring, this board is a good loaner board for friends and kids.
The Nalu 11 is very easy...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 6/13/2015
The Nalu 11 is very easy to balance in calm water.I do not agree with reviewers who said it isn't. I am 67 tall 6 2" & 175lbs and never fell while using my Nalu.I even use a wind paddle sail on it while standing to go down wind.
I also have a 13 year old Ocean Kayak Ambush for fishing in South Texas and
its still like new,just store them out of the sun and they will last forever I expect the Nalu should hold up as well.Ocean Kayak builds very strong and durable products.
Very easy to use and stand on. You can sit down if tired or in strong wind.
Good value for the price. I feel this should be used as a SUP first and a Kayak as a back up. We have some very shallow areas I paddle in and the molded in fin design works well with no fear of breakage.
The dug in fixed foot position would be my only negative. I would not
be comfortable in the surf with this design. That same design really does make it easy to balance. Not really a good Kayak for a tall person but still works OK as a way to rest when tired of standing or in strong winds. The Nalu 12.5 may be do better at both functions.
I live on the water front and use this for touring to small islands
on the Laguna Madre in South Texas. I always feel refreshed after a
1 to 2 hour session.After 30 years of windsurfing I find this a much easier
way to get on and off the water and it makes getting some exercise fun.
A great, fun hybrid board,...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 8/6/2014
A great, fun hybrid board, perhaps better for use as a paddleboard by those of lighter build (my partner, who's a man of average height and weight finds it too unstable to use as a stand-up board) and good for padddling shorter trips in calm, flat water.
Speaking as a short, slightly overweight woman, I find the board super-stable to stand up upon and paddling it feels like good exercise. It's also a very effective kayak and I like it a lot.
It definitely works best in flat-calm water - both in terms of paddling it, as the low-to-the-water prow gets easily swamped if there any real waves, and also in terms of launching the board from the shore. I've come to grief a couple of times trying to take it out from the beach even through quite small surf and have lost control of the board on at least two occasions, so I wouldn't recommend using it if there is any white water on the sea at all. Also I find it heavy to lift - but am aware that it is on the lighter side for a kayak in general.
Fun and exercise and a bit of fishing.
Great Kayak easy to use,...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 7/6/2014
Great Kayak easy to use, fun hybrid concept.
Having to stand in specific position
This is a great SUP. Tried...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 6/6/2014
This is a great SUP. Tried a friends and thought it was a great option to have dual purpose, kayak and SUP in one. It's not really going to take the place of a kayak, but for short trips it serves the purpose.
Easy to carry
Kayak/SUP in one
A bit cumbersome to carry
the ocean kayak nalu SUP is a hybrid design, meaning you can sit down and paddle it if conditions are too rough, or the wind is too strong. With the proper back rest strap it becomes a fairly quick SOT kayak. Standing up on it requires a bit more skill and flat water. I got to try one for the afternoon on the ocean in Maine, when I traded for my Yak board.
If you have paddled a yak board you know they are very stable and can catch waves too small for a surfboard to catch. The Nalu is less stable as a kayak since the paddler sits up above the water. It does accelerate much faster when paddled, but will not turn on a dime like the yak board. The trade off being that the extra length and shape make the board have much better carry, over a distance the Nalu will be faster.
I attempted a few waves with the Nalu as a SOT kayak, with out a back rest I couldn't brace myself in tight and got dumped most of the time. Catching waves was more a matter of pointing at the beach and paddling in. riding across the beach to stay in the wave longer wasn't easy as steering was nearly impossible due to the length of the board.
compared to the 8 foot yak board the Nalu isn't very responsive for surfing.
Standing up brought a new challenge. while the hull is 31" wide, you can't stand with your feet spread as wide as a normal surf board would allow. Your feet must stand in two trenches in the top of the board, meaning you can't increase your stance to help keep your balance.
The guys I borrowed the Nalu from were big football player looking guys. they couldn't stand up on it even out beyond the breakers, where the water is flatter. Being built more like a runner I could stand up, but since I couldn't spread my feet out, any waves made me fall off.
for flat water paddling the Nalu is fast, the fact it can convert to a SOT kayak quickly is a plus. not everyone can SUP due to balance or ability, for a water toy on a lake or river the Nalu would be great for just about everyone to get on the water.
with a lower price than the average SUP you get a fast design that can double as a kayak if you need it to.
the board is shaped so you can only stand on the foam pads set in shallow trenches. the rest of the hull is slippery plastic. standing with your feet spread wider and toes out would give better stability for a beginner, due to the hull shape and slippery plastic, you can't have your feet outside of a narrow area. Unless you are an experienced SUP rider this board will only serve in flat water.
for exercise and touring the Nalu is great, Surf isn't exactly the strongest point of the board, but for a basic fun board it fits.
Fun...indestructible SUP. Great entry level board that can double as a spare kayak. Although not the best kayak for a taller paddler, this capability have saved me on a windy day when it was impossible to paddle back while standing. This is a great SUP to spend a day on a lake. There's even room to bungee an Igloo cooler on the back to bring your lunch along.
Extremely stable, indestructible, and relatively inexpensive. Has decent speed for a good paddler.
Heavy. Would also be nicer if you didn't need to keep your feet in the grooves for them....not a big deal, just not as flexible as a flat top board.
The Nalu 11 is a great entry level board for trying out SUP. It also functions as a sit on top kayak for when you need a spare boat....so it's handy to have a couple in your fleet.
Inexpensive, stable, and versatile. Extremely durable, and will handle tons of abuse such as rocky shores or multiple teen age boys goofing around on it . It has plenty of hook points and bungies, so you can strap on a small cooler and spend the day on the water.
The Nalu is vey heavy.....about 50 pounds. (but once you get used to it, you can carry it on your head using the two side handles, which makes it easy to get on your car roof). I don't like needing to use the footwells to stand in....it does keep you straight for paddling, but you really can't reposition yourself. Because it's hollow, it does flex quite a bit if you try standing anywhere else.
Great SUP for large large lakes. Very fast on flat water, tracks nicely, and is easy to control. Perfect starter or family SUP.
Everyone thinks we are...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 3/28/2014
Everyone thinks we are standing up in our kayaks when they see us in our two OC Nalu boards. The rotomolded type of board is heavier than typical boards but they do not require a fin which lets us go where many of our friends can't. They are very very stable and can hold a ton of weight, we frequently get an adult and two children on our 12.5. The 11 is a bit faster and turns a bit quicker than the longer board and is even fun on mellow river sections but is not the greatest design for surf.
This SUP is very stable and easy for the kids to use solo.
Just like the Nalu 12.5 that we own it is quite heavy compared to more traditional boards of similar length.
River, Lake, Pond, Long Distance.
Love it very fun and...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 10/4/2012
Love it very fun and strong...not the easiest to balance on but quick
can be used standing kneeling or sitting
Balance is tricky
My family and I have been...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 8/14/2012
My family and I have been kayaking for years and wanted to try SUP as well. We bought one of these and it has been a great hybrid for the two activities. It's perfect for people who live in areas where some waters are more ideal for kayaking but enjoy standing up as well. Being able to go from sitting to standing and vice versa has been awesome!
I recommend purchasing a detachable kayak seat (it hooks onto the board with no problem).
Stable, lightweight, comfortable
I got this for my 50th...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 6/23/2012
I got this for my 50th Birthday (I picked it out). I was looking for a lightweight sit on top kayak that I could put on top of my SUV by myself. I use it as a SUP, on my knees, on my stomach - paddling with my hands, as a raft to just float on, and as a kayak with and without attaching a seat. I have 3 kayaks and this one is my favorite
Lightweight, tracks well, stable.
No carry handle on the back (like the one on the front)
exercise, touring, my dog sits on the front.