Great All Around Board
The Monarch is a perfect balance of length, width, and thickness. It has enough width to be stable, but not so much it is slow. The length makes it track well for getting in longer distances but short enough to maneuver in smaller spaces when exploring shorelines. The water bottle holder is CLUTCH. The deck bungees can hold enough gear to do overnights. The tail shape is again like the rest of the board, a great balance. Design allows for trailing water to flow smoothly helping with speed and you able to sink it easy enough, however, it is just wide enough to provide great stability. The Monarch is also my go-to teaching board. Great when spending long days on the water. This is also the go-to board for students learning at many levels of SUP.
The is a very complete well thought out board. I have used it alot on rivers as well as just regular lake paddling. The accessories are better than expected and really make the monarch a best buy. Sweet board.
Monarch deserves a spot in everyone's quiver
This board is a go-to for a really wide array of paddling applications. I keep this model with me nearly year-round. It has the ideal outline for flat-water touring, yet is stable enough for Class 1-2 whitewater. It also has a perfect balance between being friendly for beginner paddlers and practical for experienced paddlers. You will never grow out of this board! 3 year warranty too!
So far so good. I was really looking for an all around board that could glide in flat water, around here its the ocean, but also lakes, and a board that I could run basic white water on, so far it has lived up to the hype! Also, customer service has be awesome!