GUIDE TO INFLATABLE STAND UP PADDLE BOARDS

The world of Stand Up Paddleboarding was transformed by the evolution of the inflatable paddle board. Until that time, the sport had predominantly been the preserve of big wave riders who used hardboards as a means of propelling themselves on to waves. These hard boards used existing manufacturing processes from other sports such as surfing, windsurfing and kayaking and used a variety of constructions, mostly based around a foam core encased by laminates of fibre glass, carbon or even thin laminates of wood. Whilst these boards proved effective for use in the waves as well as for racing, the inherent fragility and cumbersome nature made them impractical for the vast majority of would-be paddlers. And whilst these hardboards still have a place in the elite/professional side of SUP for paddlers looking for marginal differences in racing or waves, the performance margin has been reduced to almost nothing by innovations, materials and superior design at the premium end of the inflatable paddleboard market.

The development of inflatable paddle boards, which Red Paddle Co were at the forefront of in 2008,  was responsible for the global adoption of SUP. This new breed of board were easier to transport and store, allowed access to new waterways and offered far greater durability than their harder counterparts. Today, the growth in popularity of stand up paddling boarding shows no signs of stopping and this combined with the continual innovation and development from companies like Red Paddle Co has helped develop the paddle board market we see today.

THE EXPANDING INFLATABLE MARKET

If you’re reading this guide, the chances are you’re either looking to buy your first board or upgrading from an existing board. Well, you’ve come to the right place! The purpose of this guide is to explore the ever-increasing, although potentially confusing, world of inflatable paddle boards, debunk some myths and give you a clear understanding of the technology involved in the manufacture of these boards.

At first glance, the current market can seem bewildering.  A quick Google of “Inflatable paddle boards” reveals a mass of different boards in all manner of size, style and colours. Not to mention price. How can seemingly identical boards, save perhaps for wildly different colour schemes, all of which profess to offer a great paddling experience (with words like “stability”, “durability”, “performance” thrown in for good measure), have significantly different prices? Can there really be that much difference between board X and board Y? In short, the answer is yes! To help understand this,  let’s start with a delve into what actually goes into making an inflatable paddle board.

DESIGNING THE BEST INFLATABLE PADDLE BOARD

Put simply, the big differences in price across the market today are due in large part to the construction processes and materials used in the creation of a board. And these differences are not purely for reasons of performance. The quality and durability of construction are, of course, vital when you consider the importance of safety of the paddler when out on the water. So what are these differences?

DROP STITCH PADDLE BOARDS

In the early days of inflatable boards, a material was adopted that has since become known as “Drop Stitch”.  Essentially, this refers to the material which forms the top and bottom skin of the board which is connected by threads. This gives the board it’s shape, structure and stiffness.

Drop stitch comes in various forms and, generally speaking, cheaper boards (although also some so-called “premium” boards) use this to create something known as a ‘single layer’ or ‘fusion’ board. These have a very thin PVC coating which is similar thickness to a deflated balloon, and which is spread over the woven drop stitch material to make it airtight. The resulting board is often bendy, unreliable and does not deliver a very good paddling performance. A good tell-tale sign of whether a board is made using this, is if the board has a maximum PSI of 15psi or less displayed on it. This is not because it works brilliantly at that pressure, but because they aren’t designed to last under pressure. Inflate it to more than that and you’re going to have problems down the line. As a guide, a minimum of 15psi should be used to give good performance but ideally your board should be able to be pumped to 18-22psi to deliver unbeatable performance.

An evolution of these “single” layer construction came in the form of “double layer” drop stitch. This involved the doubling up (surprise!) of the PVC layer to reinforce the board and make it stiffer. Whilst it did achieve this, it came at the expense of weight as inevitably these boards were heavier and they were also more susceptible to cosmetic blemishes. Certain manufacturers sometimes try to avoid such blemishes by adding strips (sometimes called stringers) around the edge of the board, rather than double coating the whole board.

Whether the board is single or double layered, fundamentally the drop stitch material fails to provide a level of stiffness and quality required to produce an inflatable paddle board that will give you an authentic and enjoyable paddling experience. Such boards are essentially little more than beach “toys” and this is reflected in their price. However, whilst cheap to buy, the lack of durability ultimately means your investment is possibly going to be wasted. Repairing these boards when they fail can be both uneconomical and potentially dangerous if the structure of the board has been compromised.

INTRODUCING MSL

As pioneers of the inflatable paddle board, Red Paddle Co developed a technology known as Monocoque Structural Laminate, or MSL, to produce hitherto unseen levels of stiffness, durability and performance whilst all the time saving weight by removing now unnecessary layers of adhesive. This technology uses layer of horizontal multidirectional polyester threads that are sandwiched between 2 layers of reinforced PVC. This is then machine laminated to a super-reinforced drop stitch, that provides a high-tensile rigid core, to deliver unrivalled stiffness and a premium finish. Features such as heat-treated seams and quad-layer rail tape complete the design and help provide an airtight, waterproof seal.

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PADDLEBOARD CONSTRUCTION

Ultimately the material is only half the story, as how the board is put together is just as important and, as with the material, varies hugely between manufacturers. For us at Red Paddle Co, it’s taken years of meticulous research and development to refine and finesse the construction process we use to deliver a consistent shape and product. We call this process TEC AIR and it means we constantly scrutinise every part of the production process to maximise board reliability and performance. Whether it’s how the rocker curve is applied or the process used to bond the layers together, we’ve continually evolved the process to ensure our boards deliver unrivalled quality.

TYPES OF INFLATABLE PADDLE BOARD

So the material and construction of an inflatable paddle board is vital in terms of its quality, durability, stiffness and performance. Now let’s take a look at the different types of board available on the market today:

By far the most prevalent and popular type of board. Versatile and easy to use, these boards are perfect for beginners and more experienced paddlers alike. These boards are generally between 9 and 11ft long and are designed to offer all round performance in a wide range of conditions.

Designed to be used for longer trips, these boards can be loaded up with gear, such as camping equipment. Their longer waterline makes them great high speed cruisers whilst runner fins improve tracking and reduce lateral drift in side winds. Perfect for the more experienced paddler or those looking to take their paddling to the next level.

The largest of these type of boards can carry up to 8 people, so they need to be super stiff, wide and stable for all the family to enjoy. At the smaller end of the category, tandem paddleboards enable two paddlers to share the work whilst its added length provides plenty of room for passengers, picnics, camping kit and more.  

Racing on a paddle board is a lot of fun! And in order to win you’ll need one of these specialist boards that are long (12ft+), narrow and super-stiff. There are two main divisions in SUP racing, the 12’6” and 14 ft class so first you need to decide which one you’d like to enter. To win, you’ll need a super stiff board to ensure you get the most out of every paddle stroke. The Red Paddle Co Elite range utilises patented proprietary stiffening systems such as the Rocker Stiffening System (RSS) and Forward Flex Control (FFC) to minimise flex and delivered unrivalled stiffness. They are much narrower than the touring and all-round SUPS to reduce drag and surface resistance allowing you to cut through the water more efficiently and deliver maximum speed.

Being able to paddle on to a wave makes them a lot easier to catch! And these boards are designed to do just that. They need to be super-stiff and extremely durable and are shorter than all-round boards. Their narrower tails increase manoeuvrability in the waves whilst they must be no thicker than 3.9 inches to provide the rider with a lower centre of gravity making the board more responsive and stable.

These boards are wide, stable and ideally have a full-length deck pad to create the perfect platform for SUP Yoga. They are often slightly thicker than an all-round board to provide increased stiffness for more complex movements and to keep you high and dry when practicing those all-important floor (deckpad) stretches. To give you complete freedom the carry handles should be placed to the edges/rails of the board but the paddling experience should be the same as a large all-round so be sure to check how it paddles too

Smaller and lighter than other paddle boards, these are designed to be easy to carry and manoeuvre in the water. Reliability and performance are just as important on these boards as any other plus as your child grows in both experience and size the resale value may be a key consideration to ensure you get more bang for your buck.

These boards have high sides and exaggerated, progressive rockers to allow them to break in and out of the water. They need to have bulletproof construction as they’re likely to bump into their fair share of rocks! To navigate a foaming river these boards have to not only be super durable but also light and nimble to aid manoeuvrability so are often wide at their mid-section with a drawn in at the tail. Extra-grippy deck pad and cargo systems, whilst shorter, flexible fins are crucial to ensure you can ride out any rough stuff!

 

Combining paddle boarding with windsurfing, these boards give you the option to switch between the two, depending on the conditions. These boards come complete with a mast foot to connect the board and sail and often include numerous centre fin solutions. If you’re an avid windsurfer looking to make the most of your SUP when the breeze is up then a removable daggerboard offers the best performance and upwind tracking.

ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES

PUMP IT UP - TITAN PUMP

When it comes to inflatable paddle boards, perhaps the most important accessory is a pump! Let’s be honest, you’re not going to get very far without one. As with the boards themselves, there are huge variations here too, in terms of the quality and efficiency of the pumps available on the market today.

The majority of pumps are single chamber, the width of which vary between manufacturers.

A lot of boards at the lower end of the market supply pumps that have a wide chamber. These are easy to use but do not allow the board to be pumped to a high pressure. Most premium brands provide a thinner chamber pump with their boards as this allows you to get higher pressure into your board easier, however the downside is that it takes a longer time to inflate. Red Paddle Co innovated a completely new pumping experience with the Titan Pump which combines the best of both worlds, thanks to its two chambers. The thinner chamber allows air to be pushed out at over 60mph, whilst the larger chamber is used when the going gets tough, allowing you to reach a higher pressure in half the time – and more importantly by using half the energy!

IT'S IN THE BAG

Another key accessory is of course the bag used to carry your board. The backpacks supplied with boards come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention quality. A good quality one should have wide, padded shoulder straps to disperse and spread the weight when being carried and a waist strap to allow paddlers to bear the load through their hips rather than back and shoulders. As the bags are required to withstand any adventure and the weight of their contents they require super strong, double-bonded nylon seams, continuous coiled zips and robust coated material to ensure they don’t let you down. Integrated wheels are also a huge benefit when travelling, and a robust internal structure to ensure the straps are an integral part of the bag is vital to ensure they do not come away from the bag. As with the boards and pump, it’s worth researching the type of bag a board is supplied with before making that all important purchasing decision.

FIND YOUR PERFECT PADDLEBOARD
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  • 11’0″ Compact Inflatable Paddle Board

    Full of practical features and innovations, this board is an ideal match for paddlers who regularly travel with their board or want to adventure further with the convenience of an all-in-one package. The increased length makes this board perfect for longer paddling adventures and paddlers travelling the world with their SUP.  

    Designed with a more drawn out shape to increase glide, the 11’0 Compact is ideal for paddlers who want to travel and explore without limitation. The board has a quad stringer tensioning system, giving maximum rigidity, while the central living hinge means the board can be folded and rolled into a super small package, making it the most transportable adventure SUP on the market. 

    Based on the ever-popular Red Paddle Co 11’0 Sport MSL, this board provides the perfect blend of stability and manoeuvrability. Its extended length offers a fantastic step up from an all-rounder, while also catering for slightly heavier riders.

    Timeless design: The Red Paddle Co iconic design has been updated for 2021 with a more streamlined look and feel. The extended Red embossed deck pad now reaches right down to the tail, wraps closer to the rails, and offers superior comfort and grip. The diamond-cut rear provides extra stability for performing step back turns, or for riding in bigger waves.

    Flat Bungee Cargo SystemUNIQUE TO RED PADDLE CO! – The self-closing, flat bungee straps are now larger, creating more tension to keep all your gear on your board! All boards come with three bungee straps on the nose, setting you up perfectly for adventures to come. 

    Ergonomic tubular handles on all boards to give a cushioned, comfy grip when carrying your board. 

    New Titan II pump! Included with all of our SUP packages, our newly refined industry-leading Titan II pump takes you from neatly-packed to fully-inflated in half the time, with half the effort. See what’s new about the Titan II pump.

    THE 11’0” COMPACT PACKAGE INCLUDES THE BOARD, BACKPACK, FIVE-PIECE PADDLE, TITAN PUMP AND LEASH.

    (Packed weight is approximately 13kg)

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    FROM £1,349.00
  • 11’3″ Sport SE SUP Board Package

    This one’s a bit special. For paddlers who are looking for speed and performance, the 11’3” Sport inflatable SUP package offers a step up from the Ride family. Imagine how excited you’ll feel unrolling your new board in anticipation of a enjoying the open water.

    This board been designed in a special edition purple, for those who want to stand out from the crowd. Like our original blue version, this SUP delivers more speed and dynamic performance (although it’s not a race board). The secret to its performance lies in its sleek shape, which has been crafted to cut through the water cleanly. The drawn-out nose section also gives the board more glide across the water, so you’ll be able to reach higher speeds than with our Ride range.

    The Red embossed deck pad not only provides a great cosmetic finish but also offers additional grip whilst paddling, which you’ll appreciate in shoulder-high waves. The additional width of the 11’3″ Sport offers the same great stability as our 10’6″ Ride, making it perfect for larger riders.

    . It’s super easy to inflate with the industry-leading Red Paddle Co Titan pump, so you’ll be on the water in half the time, with half the effort. And when you’re done for the day, the board deflates quickly and can be easily transported in our All Terrain back pack.

    The board comes with a durable fin from world-leading surfboard fin creators FCS. They’re slotted into the fin box easily by hand and secured in place with a finger bolt.

    For a high-performing SUP board package with a different aesthetic, look no further than the 11’3’’ Sport Special Edition. Buy yours online today, or click and collect at your nearest Red stockist. Your adventures await.

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  • 9’6″ Compact Inflatable Paddle Board Package

    Storing and transporting your paddle board has never been so easy.  

    Our revolutionary 9’6” Compact(patent-pending) is packed full of handy features and innovations making it the most versatile and convenient SUP on the market.  Ultra-practical for people who are short on storage space, or who want to transport a board in new ways a weekend adventure or commute from work has never looked so inviting! 

    Ten years in the making the revolutionary 9’6” Compact (patent-pending) is a step forward in what an inflatable board can be – a full-sized SUP which folds down to half the size of a conventional inflatable paddle board. Based on our award-winning, all-round Ride 10’6″ MSL, the 9’6” Compact provides the perfect blend of stability and manoeuvrability allowing you to make the most of any location and any conditions!

    THE 9’6” COMPACT PACKAGE INCLUDES THE BOARD, BACKPACK, FIVE-PIECE PADDLE, TITAN PUMP AND LEASH.
    (Packed weight is approximately 12.7kg)

     

    FROM £1,899.00
  • 9’8″ Ride MSL Inflatable Paddle Board Package

    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.

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  • 17’0″ XL Ride

    Go big or go home with our largest board. Everyone can get involved with this giant inflatable SUP.

    Our MSL fusion technology really comes into it’s own with this giant  multi-person board that remains light and easy to transport in its own, specially designed bag. At 17’0 long and 60″ wide, the Ride XL is designed to carry not one, but a large group of riders (and even pets if you want). As many as eight people can fit on this super-sized board and paddling as a group is fun, sociable and great exercise.

    Technically, the XL ride is an extension of its sister Ride boards, with a wide deck and tail to make it nice and stable – even when you have a full crew on it. It also has multiple valves so a group of people can inflate it at the same time, and multiple grab handles so they can carry it together. There is plenty of space to take a whole heap of kit with you on the main deck pad or up front using the cargo tie down points. Fitted with our indestructible iFin system means you don’t have to worry about damage or running it up the beach after surfing the wave of your life!!

    Timeless design: The Red Paddle Co iconic design has been updated for 2021 with a more streamlined look and feel. The extended Red embossed deck pad now reaches right down to the tail, wraps closer to the rails, and offers superior comfort and grip. The diamond-cut rear provides extra stability for performing step back turns, or for riding in bigger waves.

    Ergonomic tubular handles on all boards to give a cushioned, comfy grip when carrying your board.

    FROM £3,958.80
  • 22’0″ Dragon

    Are you ready to rally the troops and create a championship-winning team?

    Do you want to mix the intensity of SUP racing with the camaraderie of team spirit? The four-person Dragon can reach an incredible rate of knots. The 22’0″ Dragon retains the same features as most of the Race family, including profiled nose, slim body, and high sides so that it rises out of the water and slices through the waves.

    It has eight lateral handles for ease of transport, has four valves for fast inflation and is covered in an extra large decked with a large dragon design, warning other competitors to watch out if they don’t want to get smoked! The board is supplied with our glass fibre race fin, designed to provide minimal drag and prevent any debris from getting caught whilst paddling. Don’t be duped by its size though: this is one fast machine and with the power of eight arms driving paddles through the water, it is one of the fastest SUPs on the planet!

    We will again be inviting paddle boarders from all over the world to compete in the amazing Dragon World Series, with teams of four battling it out across the globe. To find out how you can get involved visit dragonworldseries.com

    FROM £2,499.00
  • 14’0″ Ride L MSL Multi-Person Paddle Board Package

    This epic inflatable SUP was developed for hitting the water as a team. At 14’0″ and 47″ wide, this beast of a board can stand up to the toughest of challenges and conditions, with a wide deck and tail making it extremely stable. Of course it’s built to the same high standards as the rest of the Red Paddle Co range – so whether you’re a family with a keen sense of adventure, or a small group of fun-seeking friends who want to share some thrills and spills, you need look no further.

    The board is packed full of features like any other Red Paddle Co board: it has 6 carry handles positioned around the edge of the board to make carrying it to the water a breeze; three valves and pumps make inflation take next to no time despite the large volume as you can share the load; it also comes with cargo tie downs so you can get some bungee cord and strap down that picnic or cool box to make it a real adventure; finally the indestructible fins means you don’t have to worry about kids jumping on the board or running it up the beach.

    Our MSL fusion technology really comes into it’s own with this giant multi-person board that remains light and easy to transport in its own, specially designed bag, built to the same standards as our Red Original all train backpack.

    FROM £2,999.00
  • 14’0″ X 27″ Elite Racing SUP Board Package

    The 14’0″ class is aimed at the slightly larger rider or those looking to compete over larger distances. The 14’0″ Elite inflatable SUP’s come in two sizes with the 27″ being the slightly wider of the two. The wider tail section offers fantastic stability and more manoeuvrable compared to the 14’0″ x 25″ Elite, making it a great all round race board.

    The 14’0″ x 27″ Elite benefits from all of the latest Red Paddle Co innovations such as our patented Rocker Stiffening System or RSS for short. This counters any flex through two stiffening battens that are inserted into pockets on the side of the board; In addition to RSS, our patented Forward Flex Control System (FFC) then adds rigidity to the front of the board using a carbon compression rod to prevent flex that can be created in a race, channeling the energy towards the back of the board which increases overall board speed. RSS and FFC work together to create the stiffest, fastest inflatable SUP’s.

    The board is also packed full of other features: Double nose fins 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.

    When you have finished racing the board then rolls up and fits into our amazing back pack so can be transported anywhere in the world without the risk of damage.

    Timeless design: The Red Paddle Co iconic design has been updated for 2021 with a more streamlined look and feel. The extended Red embossed deck pad now reaches right down to the tail, wraps closer to the rails, and offers superior comfort and grip. The diamond-cut rear provides extra stability for performing step back turns, or for riding in bigger waves.

    Ergonomic tubular handles on all boards to give a cushioned, comfy grip when carrying your board.

    New Titan II pump! Included with all of our SUP packages, Our newly refined industry-leading Titan II pump takes you from neatly-packed to fully-inflated in half the time, with half the effort. See what’s new about the Titan II pump here.

    All Terrain Backpack: The liberating thing about our inflatable boards is how easy they are to travel with. Whether you’re driving to the coast, or flying across the world, all our boards deflate and pack away neatly into our purpose-designed All Terrain backpack, so you can easily transport it to your next location.

    FROM £0.00
  • 14’0″ X 25″ Elite Racing SUP Board Package

    If you’re in the 14’ race class, this is the inflatable race board to get. The Red Paddle Co 14’ x 25″ Elite is a machine built for speed.

    At 14’ long and just 25″ wide, it has been shaped to cut through the water like a hot knife through butter. It rides high at 150mm thick, reducing drag, while double nose runner fins keep the board tracking straight without creating drag, a combination that lies at the heart of what makes this board so fast and so easy to control in race conditions. It’s also a great downwind board – it picks up swell and glides beautifully. All this in a board you can deflate, pack away and carry home in a backpack!

    Our patented RSS system stiffens the board so there’s no flex, and the board comes with a built-in US Fin Box system, allowing you to adjust your fin to suit your style. The swept back design of the glass fibre fin prevents any debris from getting caught whilst paddling so you can focus on putting down the power.

    Extra rigidity to triumph in extreme circumstances. Forward Flex Control or FFC is a patented innovation by Red Paddle Co that stiffens the front section of the board to remove the flex created in sprinting phases of a race and when paddling into waves. It also increases board speed to give you the competitive edge by channeling the energy to the back of the board. The system is made up of a carbon compression strut that works in combination with RSS to deliver a more rigid ride.

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  • 12’6″ X 28″ Elite Racing SUP Board Package

    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.

    Timeless design: The Red Paddle Co iconic design has been updated for 2021 with a more streamlined look and feel. The extended Red embossed deck pad now reaches right down to the tail, wraps closer to the rails, and offers superior comfort and grip. The diamond-cut rear provides extra stability for performing step back turns, or for riding in bigger waves.

    New Titan II pump! Included with all of our SUP packages, Our newly refined industry-leading Titan II pump takes you from neatly-packed to fully-inflated in half the time, with half the effort. See what’s new about the Titan II pump here.

    All Terrain Backpack: The liberating thing about our inflatable boards is how easy they are to travel with. Whether you’re driving to the coast, or flying across the world, all our boards deflate and pack away neatly into our purpose-designed All Terrain backpack, so you can easily transport it to your next location.

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  • 12’6″ X 26″ Elite Racing SUP Board Package

    If you’re getting serious about the 12’6” racing class, you’ll need a super-fast board that’s been developed to compete against the best – and win. That board is the Red Paddle Co 12’6” Elite inflatable SUP, the fastest board in its class.

    The secret behind its speed is in the details. It utilises our patented RSS system, which stiffens the board so there’s no flex, a common flaw in inflatable race boards, and our patented Forward Flex Control system which 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 12’6″ x 26″ Elite is designed with experienced paddle boarders in mind that want to be competing for the top step of the podium. If you are new to racing or want something slightly more stable and are willing to give up a fraction of straight line speed then the 12’6″ x 28″ Elite is a great option.

    FROM £0.00
  • 10’6″ Max Race Kids Paddle Board Package

    If you’re a junior racer looking for a high-performance inflatable SUP that’ll help you mix it in race conditions, we recommend the 10’6” Max Race, which is built for speed and close competition. Now available in two widths 24″ and 26″ to suit a wider range of paddlers.

    Our patented RSS system means the board is super-stiff, while its narrow nose and tail make it good for speed and agility, and its removable fin and double nose runner fins help it slice through the water. Once you’ve crossed the finish line, just pack it away, throw it on your back, and head for the next race.

    Multiple carry handles on the board allow for quick entry and exit of the water for technical racing, while the Red embossed decked with diamond cut tail section offers ultimate grip whilst paddling and manoeuvres.

    Which board to choose? For those weighing up to 60kg, the 24″ board is perfect, while the wider 26″ board is for those over 60kg.

    FROM £1,249.00
  • 8’10” Whip MSL SUP Surf Board Package

    Travelling round the world with a hard surf SUP isn’t easy. They’re bulky, don’t mix well with airports or airplanes and there’s always the risk of getting a ding.

    The solution is this, the 8’10” Whip, a surf inflatable SUP you can throw in a bag and take all over the world as if it were just any other backpack. It’s extremely durable and has been tested to destruction (actually, even after we drove over one of our boards in a tractor, it still worked just fine), making it the perfect travel surf SUP. It’s got a narrow tail, a removable, adjustable fin from world leading surfboard fin creators FCS and Red Paddle Co’s patented RSS batten system, which makes it super-stiff for maximum manoeuvrability.

    The rounded nose helps to pop the board over white water paddling out as well as makes nose riding a joy for any level of rider. 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 allowing you to turn the board tighter.

    Timeless design: The Red Paddle Co iconic design has been updated for 2021 with a more streamlined look and feel. The extended Red embossed deck pad now reaches right down to the tail, wraps closer to the rails, and offers superior comfort and grip. The diamond-cut rear provides extra stability for performing step back turns, or for riding in bigger waves.

    Ergonomic tubular handles on all boards to give a cushioned, comfy grip when carrying your board.

    New Titan II pump! Included with all of our SUP packages, Our newly refined industry-leading Titan II pump takes you from neatly-packed to fully-inflated in half the time, with half the effort. See what’s new about the Titan II pump here.

    All Terrain Backpack: The liberating thing about our inflatable boards is how easy they are to travel with. Whether you’re driving to the coast, or flying across the world, all our boards deflate and pack away neatly into our purpose-designed All Terrain backpack, so you can easily transport it to your next location.

    FROM £0.00
  • 9’4″ Snapper Kids SUP Board

    Stand-up paddleboarding is for everybody, not just the grown-ups, which is why we make the 9’4” Snapper, an inflatable SUP for kids up to 60kg/132lb.

    The Snapper is the perfect way to get kids onto the water on their own board. Shorter and narrower than the Ride family, this highly durable board is made to the same rigorous standards as the rest of our range, but it’s dimensions make it easier for young riders to manoeuvre, whether on a river or catching the swell off a sandbar. In other words, it offers the authentic Red Paddle Co experience, just packaged for the next generation of paddler and is an ideal entry point into the world of SUP.

    Featuring our indestructible iFins, a six point cargo tie down system and a Red embossed decked with diamond cut tail section for additional grip makes it packed full of innovation enabling your little ripper to get the most out of their time on the water.

    Timeless design: The Red Paddle Co iconic design has been updated for 2021 with a more streamlined look and feel. The extended Red embossed deck pad now reaches right down to the tail, wraps closer to the rails, and offers superior comfort and grip. The diamond-cut rear provides extra stability for performing step back turns, or for riding in bigger waves.

    Flat Bungee Cargo SystemUNIQUE TO RED PADDLE CO! – The self-closing bungee straps are now larger, creating more tension to keep all your gear on your board! All boards come with three bungee straps on the nose, setting you up perfectly for adventures to come.

    Twin ifins –  All boards in the Ride range are now integrated with two super durable, flexible ifins, making the boards straighter and faster to paddle than a three fin set-up. The ifins also provide increased agility and performance in the surf and make the board easier to pack down into its bag.

    Ergonomic tubular handles on all boards to give a cushioned, comfy grip when carrying your board.

    New Titan II pump! Included with all of our SUP packages, Our newly refined industry-leading Titan II pump takes you from neatly-packed to fully-inflated in half the time, with half the effort. See what’s new about the Titan II pump here.

    All Terrain Backpack: The liberating thing about our inflatable boards is how easy they are to travel with. Whether you’re driving to the coast, or flying across the world, all our boards deflate and pack away neatly into our purpose-designed All Terrain backpack, so you can easily transport it to your next location.

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  • 11’0″ Wild MSL Whitewater SUP Board Package

    Little gets the adrenaline going like paddleboarding down a furious, foaming river.

    Based on input from experienced white water paddlers, we’ve given it a shape that offers extreme durability and extreme performance. It’s also a nippy board, perfect for river SUPing. High sides allow it to break in and out of the river flow, and it’s got a pronounced rocker so it rides out the bumps.

    The multiple grab handles offer safety and control, and the quad-iFin setup that means you don’t get the ‘double bump’ common to three-fin setups when you go over rocks.

    We’ve made those fins low-profile to avoid hang-ups in shallow sections, and because no two rivers are the same, we’ve designed them so they can be shaped to suit your riding style and the conditions. The board also features a US Box so you can insert a larger fin for improved tracking when paddling longer flat water sections.

    The six point cargo tie-down section features an additional traction pad to help keep any gear in place whilst the diamond Red embossed deckpad provides ultimate grip across the whole deck.

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  • 10’8″ Activ Yoga Paddle Board Package

    Relax, de-stress and enjoy the incredible benefits of practising yoga on this special board.

    People have always flocked to the water for its tranquillity. Early on, we discovered people were taking their Red Paddle Co inflatable SUPs to the water for yoga, pilates and stretching, so we created a yoga paddle board specifically for them. It is called the 10’8” Activ, and is based on our 10’8” Ride, but with increased thickness to reduce wash over the board so you can stay dry during your workout.

    The additional thickness provides greater rigidity and the 34″ width provides a stable platform, making the board perfect for yoga poses. The carry handles have been moved to the side of the board so they don’t get in the way. The final touch is the Red embossed EVA deck, which acts as a full yoga pad with a centre line down the middle of the board to help you position yourself and stay balanced.

    It’s great for paddling too, so you can go to a perfect spot and relax properly, and with our industry leading Titan pump supplied as standard you can inflate you board without breaking a sweat ahead of your session on the water.

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  • 10’7″ Windsurf SUP Board Package

    The 10’7″ Windsurf is a windsurfing board that you can paddle, delivering authentic windsurfing with inflatable versatility.

    Windsurfing on an inflatable board isn’t a compromise – it’s a revelation. The 10’7″ Windsurf combines the benefits of an inflatable SUP with all the technical elements of a windsurf board. Thanks to the specifically designed Sure-Fin dagger board system, which slots through the centre of the board, provides unrivalled stability, increased tracking and more lateral control.

    This is a board with all the practical benefits of an inflatable SUP that’s also designed specifically with beginner windsurfers in mind, but can make a great coastal cruiser for more experienced riders. To get the best out of your 10’7″ Windsurf, partner it with one of our Ride Rigs, which deliver quality, performance and simplicity.

    The deck pad has been designed to help aid in teaching windsurfing, assisting the rider to know where to stand as well as featuring a diamond cut, Red embossed finish to seal the deck pad and offer ultimate grip and feel. The carry handles have also been moved to the rails so not to get in the way of the rider as well as having front and back carry handles to make launching and landing easier.

    “class-leading inflatable windsurf board design” Windsurf Magazine 2017 read the full review HERE

    Timeless design: The Red Paddle Co iconic design has been updated for 2021 with a more streamlined look and feel. The extended Red embossed deck pad now reaches right down to the tail, wraps closer to the rails, and offers superior comfort and grip. The diamond-cut rear provides extra stability for performing step back turns, or for riding in bigger waves.

    New Titan II pump! Included with all of our SUP packages, Our newly refined industry-leading Titan II pump takes you from neatly-packed to fully-inflated in half the time, with half the effort. See what’s new about the Titan II pump here.

    All Terrain Backpack: The liberating thing about our inflatable boards is how easy they are to travel with. Whether you’re driving to the coast, or flying across the world, all our boards deflate and pack away neatly into our purpose-designed All Terrain backpack, so you can easily transport it to your next location.

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  • 10’7″ Wind Windsurfing SUP Board Package

    Yes, a SUP that’s also great for windsurfing. With the purpose-built 10’7″ Wind you get the benefits of the world’s most popular inflatable SUP, only with the added benefit of being able to fit a sail for the days when the breeze is up.

    It has a mast foot built into the board (sail not included) so you can attach your sail easily, and a removable centre dagger fin system giving it impressive tracking when in windsurfer mode. To get the best out of your 10’7″ Wind, partner it with one of our Ride Rigs, which deliver quality, performance and simplicity. Unlike the Ride range the 10’7″ Wind comes with a rear removable US Box fin system for improved tracking and tunability.

    The Red embossed decked offers great grip all over the board with a diamond cut rear section providing great control during manoeuvres, whilst the embroidered centre carry handle is soft underfoot making it more comfortable to use in windsurfer mode.

    The 10’7” makes the perfect base for a windsurfer because it’s wide in the midpoint, offering great stability. Plus, of course, pack away the sail, and it’s a straight-up SUP.

    For those looking for a more dedicated beginners windsurf board with superb upwind performance then check out our 10’7″ Windsurf boards.

    FROM £969.00
  • 15’0″ Voyager Tandem Paddle Board Package

    New in 2018, this board enables you to explore even the most remote locations with a partner. Tailored to the needs of two explorers (plus a third small companion with the removal of the central cargo points) who want to carry their kit along with them on their adventure. At 8″/200mm thick, there is a huge amount of volume in the board so you really can take everything including the kitchen sink with you.

    The 15’0″ inflatable SUP features seven soft touch carry handles, and two luggage spaces with tie-downs to keep everything secure. Built to the Voyager formula, it has all the technology to keep you travelling in the right direction even when you’re carrying a lot of weight.

    The diamond cut deck pad has been finished with our Red logo embossed all over to provide additional grip whilst paddling and protect against wear and tear.

    Supplied with two pumps helps to share the load of pumping up so you can both enjoy the warm up before hitting the water and exploring your world.

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  • 13’2″ Voyager+ Touring Paddle Board Package

    Calling all life’s adventurers… The 13’2” Voyager+ inflatable SUP was created with epic adventures in mind and is the board of choice of many extreme explorers around the world.

    High sides, large volume and narrower width make it a high-speed cruiser, designed for competent paddlers. It’s got a 6 point cargo tie-down system at the front and 4 point cargo tie-down system at the back for all your gear (check out our dry bags), and an extra-grippy traction pad to help keep your kit in place at the rear.

    Like the 12’6” Voyager, it has a RSS battens for increased stiffness and glide when loaded with gear, a removable fin from world leading surfboard fin creators FCS, which slots into the fin box easily by hand and are secured in place with a finger bolt.  5 embroidered carry handles on the board make portaging easy and comfortable whilst also being soft under foot. The Red embossed diamond cut deck pad offers unrivalled grip so you can focus on paddling.

    The 13’2″ Voyager+ also features a nose runner fin on the underside of the board to aid tracking in side winds, as well as two rear runner fins to cancel out ‘tail drift’ when the board is loaded with gear. And of course, it comes in our easily transportable All Terrain backpack and our industry leading Titan pump as standard.

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  • 12’6″ Voyager Touring Paddle Board Package

    Extra stability and rigidity makes this board the ideal vessel for long-range outings. Increased thickness and capacity makes the 12’6″ Voyager super-stiff and stable, so it’s perfect for taller, larger paddlers and longer outings in a range of conditions. The durability of the boards offered by our MSL technology allows you to explore with confidence so any adventure is a possibility.

    Extra length means it can easily handle a child on the front while you paddle, or if you’re going it alone, you can use the 6 point cargo tie-down system at the front and 4 point cargo tie down system at the back to take camping gear with you.

    Multiple carry handles ensure that carrying around obstacles is a breeze, no matter how much gear you have on board. They now come with our Red Paddle Co logo embroidered onto the handle to be softer under foot and reduce the amount of plastics used in the manufacturing process.

    RSS battens ensure the board remains stiff when loaded and slices through the water. Beneath is a removable fin from world leading surfboard fin creators FCS, They slot into the fin box easily by hand and are secured in place with a finger bolt. A nose runner fin has been added to aid tracking in side winds, whilst the two rear runner fins cancel out ‘tail drift’ when the board is loaded up.

    The diamond cut deck pad has been finished with our Red logo embossed all over to provide additional grip whilst paddling and protect against wear and tear. The board is supplied with our Titan Pump which will get you up to pressure in half the time than other SUP pumps and once deflated the board fits nicely inside our All Terrain backpack to make accessing that next idyllic location hassle free.

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  • 12’6″ Sport Racing SUP Board Package

    Our range of Sport inflatable SUPs are designed for paddlers who want to up their game from our Ride range. They offer enhanced performance, extra capabilities as well as plenty of class.

    The 12’6″ Sport is the longest of the three, providing the most glide and speed whilst still being easy to paddle. It is a great board to bridge the gap to our race boards however the 30″ width offers great stability so you can really enjoy longer touring trips. If you are looking for a board that will eat up the miles in a leisurely fashion then look no further. The Red embossed decked not only provides a great cosmetic finish but also offers additional grip whilst paddling.

    As with all of our Sport boards, the 12’6″ comes as standard with a durable fin from world leading surfboard fin creators FCS. They slot into the fin box easily by hand and are secured in place with a finger bolt meaning you don’t need to take your tool kit to the beach.

    The 12’6″ Sport comes with our industry leading Titan Pump which enables you to pump your board in half the time, with half the effort compared to other SUP pumps. The board is also easily transported and stored in our All Terrain backpack which allows you to Explore Your World!

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  • 11’3″ Sport SUP Board

    The 11’3” Sport inflatable SUP offers a step up from the Ride family and has been designed for the more experienced paddler to deliver more speed and dynamic performance (although they’re not race boards). It’s secret lies in the boards sleek shape which cuts through the water cleanly, and the drawn-out nose section gives them more glide across the water. The Red embossed decked not only provides a great cosmetic finish but also offers additional grip whilst paddling.

    The additional width of the 11’3″ Sport offers the same great stability as our 10’6″ Ride making it perfect board in the Sport range for larger riders. For those looking to go on longer touring trips then the 12’6″ Sport is also worth considering. It is easily inflated with the industry leading Red Paddle Co Titan pump which will have you on the water in half the time, with half the effort. Once finished paddling the board deflates quickly to be easily transported in our All Terrain back pack.

    The board comes with a durable fin from world leading surfboard fin creators FCS. They’re slotted into the fin box easily by hand and secured in place with a finger bolt.

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  • 11’0″ Sport Touring Paddle Board Package

    If the Ride boards are the equivalent of a family estate car then our Sport range of inflatable SUP’s is definitely the drop-top roadster.

    The 11’0” Sport offers a step up from the Ride family and has been designed for the more experienced paddler to deliver more speed and dynamic performance (although they’re not race boards). It’s secret lies in the boards sleek shape which cuts through the water cleanly, and the drawn-out nose section gives them more glide across the water. The Red embossed decked not only provides a great cosmetic finish but also offers additional grip whilst paddling.

    The 11’0” offers fast inflation and great flat-water performance for riders up to 90kg/198lb. If you are looking for slightly more stability then the 11’3″ Sport is suited to a slightly larger rider, or if you want something for longer touring trips then check out our 12’6″ Sport.

    The board comes with a durable fin from world leading surfboard fin creators FCS. They’re slotted into the fin box easily by hand and secured in place with a finger bolt.

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  • 10’8″ Ride MSL Inflatable Paddle Board Package

    Larger riders should look for a board with more stability, which is where the 10’8” Ride comes in.

    It has all the same qualities as the 9’8” and the 10’6” Ride Boards, but it’s two inches wider at 34”/863mm and has an extra 56 litres of volume, creating a more stable ride. It’s also 4.7”/120mm thick, which means you get greater stiffness at lower pressure. In fact, it’s more than 40 per cent stiffer than a standard 4”/100mm board at the same pressure. The rounded tail makes the board really manoeuvrable when you get your weight back and can be a great way to have your first SUP surfing experience.

    You can easily take a small passenger on board, which is why it’s a hit with family paddlers and those with furry friends. Or with our 6 point cargo tie-down system you can easily carry a whole heap of gear with you. Supplied with our industry leading Titan pump you can inflate your board in half the time with half the effort and once you are finished paddling the board packs down neatly to fit into our all terrain backpack making transportation and storage easy.

    The Red embossed deck pad offers comfort and grip and a diamond cut rear section provides even greater grip and stability when performing step back turns or during occasional use in the surf.

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  • 10’6″ Ride SE MSL Inflatable Paddle Board Package

    It was our 10th birthday in 2018, so we marked the occasion with an addition to our Ride family – this Special Edition (SE) has all the same great features as our award winning 10’6″ Ride MSL, but comes in a specially created colour scheme.

    It’s designed to float and glide easily on flat water, and it has just the right amount of curve in the plan shape so it rides smoothly and predictably in surf, no matter what kind of rider you are. And it’s 120mm/4.7” thick, which increases stiffness while not affecting ride and performance. Practical cargo tie-downs and an embroidered carry handle complete the package.

    The Red embossed deck pad offers comfort and grip and a diamond cut rear section provides even greater grip and stability when performing step back turns or during occasional use in the surf. It comes with our industry leading Titan pump as standard which will have your board inflated in half the time with half the effort and packs down neatly to fit into our all terrain backpack making transportation and storage simple.

    Get them whilst you can!

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  • 10’6″ Ride MSL SUP Inflatable Paddle Board Package

    If you could only ever have one Red Paddle Co board, the Ride 10’6” is the one we’d tell you to get – it’s already the world’s most popular inflatable SUP but continues to win numerous SUP industry and consumer awards.

    Such success is due to the unrivalled quality, durability and innovation of all Red Paddle Co boards, but also the versatility of the Ride 10’6″ inflatable SUP. It’s designed to float and glide easily on flat water, and it has just the right amount of curve in the plan shape so it rides smoothly and predictably in surf, no matter what kind of rider you are. And it’s 120mm/4.7” thick, which increases stiffness while not affecting ride and performance. Practical cargo tie-downs complete an iconic package.

    The Red embossed deck pad offers comfort and grip and a diamond cut rear section provides even greater grip and stability when performing step back turns or during occasional use in the surf. It comes with our industry leading Titan pump as standard which will have your board inflated in half the time with half the effort and packs down neatly to fit into our all terrain backpack making transportation and storage simple.

    To mark Red Paddle Co’s 10 Year anniversary we are releasing a Special Edition version of our award winning 10’6″ Ride. This comes packed with all of the same great features as every other Red Paddle Co board just in a limited colour way for 2018. Check it out HERE

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