Mrs. Jim Dandy just picked one up for herself and let Jim bring it over so we could try it out.
We were very pleasantly surprised at the performance of this board. Initially a little tippy, but you can quickly compensate. We had a true novice give the board a try, and she did fine. (Thanks for braving the cold water Andrea)
Smooth is a great name for this board, because it was smooth. A couple quick strokes and the board jumps up to a steady glide, the tippyness is gone and you are off on a smooth ride. This board tracks amazingly well, one of the best tracking I have tried.
Gidget did a few pivot turns and the board turned quickly with great stability. She also thinks it will be a fine yoga/ fitness board.
The 11 ft length and 30″ width along with a volume of 171 litres made for a nice stable platform for a big guy like me.I found a sweet spot just behind the carry handle for a stable ride and optimum glide. We need to try it out in some waves, but I think it will be a good board to help the rider catch some small fun waves. ( We will update when we give it the wave test.)
This is one on the nicest boards we have paddled. Marketed as a low-cost ( under $1000) entry-level board, I don’t think the average paddler would be able to tell the difference between this and boards for twice the cost.
The cost also includes a very nice paddle, which is not the case with boards in the same price range.
If the whole Smooth line paddles as well as this board, you can’t go wrong, and you will not go wrong with this package, if you are looking for another board for the family to play on, or a board to get your significant other out on the water this would be one Smooth move.
Locally available at Doug Curtis’s shop http://www.curtissportconnection.com/
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Package Includes: • Meli’a Paddle Board • Grey Deck Pad • Board Vent • Board Handle • Center and FCS Side Fins • Matching Carbon Composite Paddle
11 Foot Specs
-Rider Weight: up to 185 lbs.