Who's it for? Competitive types racing in the 12'6" class
These inflatable SUPs are long and narrow, which means they are lightning-quick through the water but also very easy to manoeuvre, control, glide and ride. Being inflatable they pack-down and can be easily transported to races all over the world.
Despite its practicality, there’s no compromise on performance. All Elite boards feature unique innovations which can be found on Red Paddle Co boards: The patented Rocker Stiffening System or RSS for short, counters flex with two stiffening battens that are inserted into pockets on the side of the board; Forward Flex Control System (FFC) then stiffens the front section of the board using a carbon compression strut to remove flex that can be created in a race and channels this towards the back of the board increasing overall board speed. The two combined work together to create the fastest inflatable SUP’s currently available on the market.
The board also features double nose fins to aid tracking and displacing water from the deck of the board. The glass fibre centre fin supplied as standard gives the right amount of grip without adding drag, whilst the angled design prevents any debris from getting stuck on the fin. Multiple carry handles are included to provide fast entry and exit of the water and have been designed not to get in the way during racing. The diamond cut, Red embossed deck pad provides ultimate grip in control in all stages of a race.
The 28″ wide Elite is the perfect entry board to racing or those over 110kgs/240lbs, also if the majority of your racing is done on the open ocean then the stability offered by the 28″ Elite allows you to focus more on putting the power down than staying balanced. For more experienced paddlers, the narrower 12’6″ x 26″ Elite offers proven class winning performance in a wide variety of conditions.
I already own the 10'8 RIDE but needed a racing board. I chose the 12'6 RACE board and am very impressed and pleased with it. It is of course narrower than my RIDE however I find it pleasingly stable. With little paddling effort it just takes off like a rocket!
I took it on a 15 Km river descent yesterday and it was excellent. Even through the white water it just stayed stiff and easy to paddle. Yes I fell off a couple of times but hey it was a warm day! My paddling friends are wishing they had one too! Also, it is super light to carry and the fin box is strong, fin also as I did bump one or two rocks with zero damage.
Although completely new to paddle boarding the Race 12' 6 has turned out to be a great choice. After 4 outings, the last being 12k on the river Stour, I am now comfortable on it without the initial fear of falling in having initially thought it a tad on the narrow side for my little experience. It accelerates quickly and has great glide and although there are no straps it's easy to rig up something between the 2 front handles.
A really fun board to keep you challenged.