Here at Get More Adventure we’re serious about using the best equipment available for our Stand up Paddle Boarding School. We look for durability, rugged design and build quality, industry leading technology, safety, ease of use and great customer service.
With the Red Paddle Co 10’ 8” Ride inflatable paddle board we think we’ve found all of this, and much, much more.
When we started the business back in 2014 we spent months researching paddle boards from over a dozen different manufacturers, both inflatable and hard boards. It was important to us to choose the right boards to teach on from the very start. Put simply, we wanted the best boards in the world!
We’re now into our 2nd full year of teaching SUP, and we’re just loving the 10’ 8” Ride. For our needs, and our river based location, it’s the perfect all round board for teaching beginners the basics of stand up paddle boarding.
Red Paddle Co, a British based company started in 2007 and now selling inflatable paddle boards all over the world, say “The Ride family is our most versatile, but we recognise that bigger riders often look for a board offering more stability, which is where the 10’8” Ride comes in”. That’s true, but the 10’ 8” is not just for the bigger rider, here’s 8 year old Max paddling the Ride during one of our family SUP lessons…
So what about the spec and technology? Here’s a quick rundown of what you get with a 10’8” Ride:
Volume: 296 litres
Rider Weight: up to 120kgs/265lbs
And what else do you get in the box when the postman comes knocking at your door?
Red Paddle Co Backpack
Free water resistant phone case
So what about the technology that goes into making these boards? Well, Red Paddle Co have been ploughing energy and money into their design and manufacturing processes, and from what we’re seeing, it is money well spent. Every year these boards are getting lighter and stiffer, whilst retaining their durability and build quality. We think they are pretty much bullet proof!
Somebody actually backed their car over one of our boards whilst we were unloading in a car park recently. With a hard board this would have been a very expensive disaster. Luckily for us, a quick wipe down of the tyre marks on the board, and it was absolutely fine! Quite how the driver didn’t see the stack of 10’ 8” boards we’re not quite sure!
So, back to the spec. The 10’ 8” Ride is 34”/863mm wide, which gives you a really stable platform with loads of room to move about the board. The 296 litres of volume make it a really stable ride, even for the wobbliest of beginners! The board is 4.7”/120mm thick, and this means you get greater stiffness at lower pressure. In fact, Red Paddle Co say “it’s more than 40 per cent stiffer than a standard 4”/100mm board at the same pressure”.
They also state that another benefit of the 10’8” is that you can take a small passenger on the board too, and this makes it popular with family paddlers. Here’s Fred enjoying a trip down the river with his dad:
Red Paddle Co have upped their game again this year, and all of their 2016 boards now benefit from the new “MSL Technology”. Without getting too technical, the MSL system involves fusing a second layer of hard-wearing polymer to the drop stitch core at the raw material manufacture stage, this removes any errors from hand gluing. The result is that their boards are now almost 2kg lighter in weight and it makes the boards stiffer at lower pressures. You can find out more about MSL Technology here: http://redpaddleco.com/uk/know-how/msl-fusion/
So, they’re tough, lightweight, really well made, and super stable in the water. But why else do we recommend this board as the ultimate beginner’s choice?
If you’ve ever tried surfing, and you’ve face-planted the board when wiping out, you’ll know it can be a painful experience. With an inflatable paddle board, you get a much more forgiving surface to land on when you inevitably fall over. The board itself is rigid, but the foam deck pad is a little softer, and you get a bit of bounce if you do fall.
These boards take some abuse too. As a SUP School, our boards are in constant use, so they are dragged in and out of rivers all day, and bashed with paddles. The fins on the bottom if the boards take a bashing too, but as far as we can see they are indestructible!
A stable board that is easy to paddle, responsive and comfortable to ride is a good place to be when you’re learning to SUP. We are confident that using these boards gives our customers a truly unbeatable paddle boarding experience, and we know that whatever we throw at the boards, they continue to deliver.
Retailing at £769, it’s not the cheapest board on the market, but you really do get what you pay for. You’re getting a board that you know will give you and your family endless amounts of fun, exercise and adventure, and you can be confident that it will last for years and years.
If you’d like to know more about Red Paddle Co boards, check out their website: http://redpaddleco.com/uk/ and feel free to get in touch with us if you’d like to talk about choosing a board for yourself, and for advice on where to buy a board.
If you’d like to try one of these boards for yourself, come and join us for a SUP session on the river in Oxford this summer.