Yes that’s right, Christmas came early! 😉 <3 Red Paddle are proud to announce the release of its 2017 SUP range. With a number of new features introduced, in addition to 3 brand new innovative designs falling into the racing and touring categories, our British brand is continuing to excel in the future of paddleboarding, surpassing our competitors in both design and technical specification.
Standing proud as the fastest inflatable race board ever designed, the NEW 14ft Elite is quite the speed machine! Weighing as little as 10kg and 25” wide, the board is certainly designed for those of you looking to push the limits. Developed with Red Paddle Co’s patented MSL Fusion Technology, the board’s exclusive construction method means a lighter, stiffer board that’s able to deal with far higher pressures. The Elite also includes Red Paddle Co’s Rocker Stiffening System (RSS, again a patented RPC feature), the board is now up to 40% stiffer in conjunction with its latest technology. Working in tandem with the RSS, Forward Flex Control (FFC) also features, to further stiffen the nose and remove flex from the front of the board, creating a far more authentic paddling experience.
As we’re on the topic of ‘speedy’ boards, the NEW 22ft Dragon is undoubtedly a board all you competitive types need to get your hands on! Specifically designed for team racing, the all-mighty Dragon is set to take the future of paddleboarding to the next level! The Dragon is actually the world’s first inflatable four-person race board and with the power of 8 arms ferociously driving paddles through the water, the Dragon can reach incredible speeds! Retaining the same features as most of the Race board family, including a profiled nose, slim body and high sides, the board is more than capable to rise out of the water and slice through the waves!
John Hibbard, Co-Founder of Red Paddle Co, tells us just why this board means business! – “The sheer power of four people makes it possible for almost anyone to reach incredible speeds and smoke their opposition. We designed the Red Dragon to bring the thrill and excitement of SUP racing to the spectators and I cannot wait to see what some teams are capable of as this is one fast machine!”
The last of the new boards to be introduced is the 11’3” Sport. Designed more for lake, ocean and river touring, the sport boards are a popular, narrow shape for those of you with a little more experience. With the added width, the new 11’3” caters well for those with a slightly larger build.
John adds: “This is a great piece of kit for the more experienced paddler, as the drawn-out nose section delivers more speed and dynamic performance for those longer journeys. Whilst the Sport family are not racing boards, they offer a great flat-water performance for riders.”
In addition to the NEW board range, our beloved rucksack has also gained a new feature. Now equipped with a NEW foil lining, the bag has now been designed to protect the contents from extreme temperatures, meaning more REDventures and less worry!
Our paddles have also gained a bit of a revamp with the new LeverLock handle. An easy way to securely alter and fix the length of your paddle’s shaft. The Leverlock allows you to make adjustments on the fly with one hand, giving you maximum flexibility with minimum fuss. Available on a number of our paddles, this feature will be sure to make your paddling experience far easier!
We have also partnered with RAM Mounts, the world’s leading accessory bracket manufacturer. Our entire board range now features a universal base to attach a number of different accessories you may require. Whether it be capturing those incredible shots on your GoPro, catching dinner via your fishing rod or paddling to the sound of a beat from your waterproof speakers, the new feature won’t disappoint!
Last, but by no means least, we have also partnered with FCS Fins, the world-leading surfboard fin creators. All Explorer, Sport and Whip boards feature FCS Connect Fins. A simple tool-less fin system that can be installed within seconds – just snap in the fins and you’ll be on your way!
John on the latest partnerships – “It’s great to have partnered with two of the world’s leading brands in technology and water sports. We believe that with these new features, paddlers will be able maximise their experience on the water”.
Check out the whole NEW 2017 range here!