As a race stick it would be heavyweights or newbie racers most likely looking at the 12ft. In fact larger boned sweepers will once again benefit from the board’s stability – not having to concentrate staying up right on start lines is half the battle!
Back in touring mode and the Neptune 12ft is a joy for exploratory missions around either coastal or inland locations. Manufacturing techniques offer a degree of durability with the Neptune able to brush off small knocks without too much concern.
During testing the stock fin was swapped out for something more performance orientated which saw the board take on a livelier feel. Neptune offer a Pro version which comes with carbon rails and carbon honeycomb performance fins.
Fantastic stability and straight line tracking makes for a sublime touring SUP experience. Neptune’s 12ft Race/Tourer is also applicable for first time or larger racers, such is its forgiving nature. The board’s high riding nose stays clear of coastal chop while making it applicable for anyone trying downwinding for the first time. Neptune’s products stand out with unique livery while delivering maximum bang for your buck.
Price: £799.00 (regardless of size) or £899.00 for the Pro version (+£100 more to include their adjustable Carbon paddle)
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