Who's it for? Perfect for lighter riders who want a versatile board for every circumstance and also for heavier riders for surfing.
The smallest of the Ride family is the 9’8” Ride, an inflatable SUP designed for all-round usage for lighter riders.
You’ll get the best out of it if you’re under 70kg/155lb, but that doesn’t exclude heavier riders. In fact, for heavier riders, the 9’8” makes a great surf shape. Key to the 9’8″ Ride’s versatility are its dimensions. It’s 787mm/31” wide and 100mm/3.93” thick, which makes it a stable but manoeuvrable board.
It’s a great board for beginners, but because it’s been stiffened with our RSS battens, it delivers a fantastic experience for more advanced riders, too. The 9’8” Ride also has a six point cargo tie-down system to carry bags and clothing on longer journeys. As an inflatable board it also packs down into our all terrain backpack making it easy to transport and store.
The Red embossed deck pad offers comfort and grip and a diamond cut rear section with raised kick pad provides even greater grip and stability when surfing or performing step back turns. Supplied with our Titan pump you can pump the board up to pressure and be on the water in half the time, with half the effort compared to other SUP pumps.
Love these amazing boards! With new pump it takes just minutes to get ready and paddle anywhere. Easy to carry, easy to travel thanks to new sup bag. Amazing quality, service! Thank you for all the fun in my life!
Red Paddle co are awesome! I love my board and the service and support they have given me is second to none!
I would recommend buying a red paddle board to everyone-even if you don't want to paddle-their service will restore your faith in humanity which alone would make it worth it!
I bought this fantastic board over 4 years ago, and have used it on lakes, rivers and oceans, to great satisfaction. Used most during the summer, folded into the back of a truck several times a week every week, but also in nearly freezing temperatures. It has also rolled-up and traveled beautifully (LOVE the bag!) on several trips South, surviving airport baggage handlers in Cuba, Canada, Florida and the Bahamas. Most of the time, I ride with my 50 lb dog. She can walk around the board freely while I paddle calm lakes and rivers, then lies down when the waves and wind increase. I adore how tough the surface of the board is, resisting claw scratches that even mark wood floors! This is a fantastic all-around board that my husband can also use, despite our size difference (200 vs 100 lbs). We’ve even had fun sitting on it together, which leaves our bums just beneath the water on a hot day. The trade-off for such stability, convenience and versatility is that this is not the fastest board, nor is it the best at maintaining a straight trajectory. Since speed isn’t my goal, and I enjoy switching paddling side every couple of strokes or so, it hasn’t been a bother for me. The only time I struggled was against 30 miles/h winds for over 3 hours while towing another (abandoned) board. When I first bought this board, I figured I’d be happy if I got one full summer’s use out of it. I’m now heading towards a 4th fun-filled summer with my trusty Ride! I adore Red Paddle and have loved showing hundreds of curious people everywhere that it is indeed an inflatable board.
9'8 or 10'6?
I was struggling to decide which board to buy. In the end I bought the 9'8 after trying out it and the 10'6. I'm just under 6ft and weight 76KGs. For my weight and height the board was perfect and was much more manoeuvrable than the 10'6 which felt 'stickier' and required more effort to paddle. I was also able to take children on the board with me up to about 30KG's. So this board I would suspect could do an adult up to 95KG.
What I loved about this board was it's versatility in flat water and surf. With the stiffening battens and the pin tail on the board it can both track well in flat water but also is great at catching waves and turning. I surfed it for a week in 1-3ft waves without any problems and in the softer conditions being able to paddle to accelerate meant we could surf when conventional boards couldn't.
My whole family used it and even my 9 year old could handle this board with ease. I am delighted that I went with the 9'8.
Some general things to be aware of is that the board requires more pumping than you would think to get to 22PSI (required for stiffness for surfing) so we ended up putting the board on our roof rack for the week. I got caught out by a gust of wind putting it on the roof rack and watched the board do a 720 flip across the car park! It proved what a tough little board this is as there was no damage. I would suggest 2 people are needed to strap to a roof rack on a windy day.
If you want a catch all board that will work in all conditions this is the one for you!
The 9'8 Ride is a fantastic board. We purchased it primarily as an all rounder for my wife, but the board is also very comfortable and stable for me to use too, my larger height and weight is not a problem as the RSS battens give the board excellent stiffness (I'm 190cm tall, 90kg). We mainly use the board on flat water but we've also used it on the sea and in some small surf, which is a lot of fun! The board is very easy to inflate, the titan pump makes light work of getting up to pressure, and the excellent bag makes carrying and storing the board, paddle and pump simple. We're very happy with this board.