The biggest change to the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding, and the one credited for giving the sport the broad appeal we see today, was the evolution of the inflatable board. Whilst early incarnations of these may have lacked the level of sophistication and technology available now, they instantly made the sport more accessible. The ability to pack up a 9, 10 or even 12 foot paddle board into a backpack meant that anybody who wanted to try the sport, could. No longer did you need a garage or shed in which to store your board, or a car to get it to the beach. What’s more, they were a lot harder to damage than the delicate, traditional hardboards.
Red Paddle Co were at the forefront of the development of inflatable paddleboard technology, and continue to push the evolution of these boards to this day. The early development revolved around a construction which has since become known as “dropstitch”, which refers to how the material that forms the top and bottom skin of the board is connected by threads which give the board it’s shape, structure and stiffness. Whilst this proved effective in the early days, and many manufacturers continue to use this technology, Red Paddle have long since evolved the construction of inflatable boards to produce unrivalled levels of stiffness, durability and performance, using their own proprietary construction, MSL. Even from the very early days, Red Paddle Co has always been focused on producing inflatable paddleboards that provide an authentic paddling experience, delivering the performance of a traditional hard board but in an easy-to-transport, agile yet durable package, that just happened to be inflatable.