- Unzip the Red Paddle Co SUP backpack.
- Remove the inflatable stand up board and pump.
- Remove the board strap and unfurl it on even ground. A grassy or sandy patch is best.
- Set the valve into the inflate position (this stops the air escaping when you disconnect pump).
- Attach the pump line to the board’s valve.
- PUMP! PUMP! PUMP!
- Pressure should be at least 15psi but best to pump to 20psi – takes about 5-10 mins depending on your technique and fitness.
- Don’t forget to attached your stand up paddle leash.
- Off you go!
Paddle boarding on an inflatable SUP is identical to paddle boarding on a regular, hard or rigid stand up paddle board. Inflatable paddle boards even come with extra bonuses a hard board can’t offer. They are:
- User friendly and kid friendly rails and deck.
- Comfortable footing and deck grip with a natural suspension of the board.
- And we haven’t even mentioned the awesome portability of a board that rolls up into a back pack and can be thrown in the trunk of even the smallest cars!
Ke Nalu currently offers 7 blades, 5 shafts and 5 handle options. The blades are all carbon (almost):
- Elite Molokai
- Elite Maliko
- Elite Wiki
- xTuf Molokai
- xTuf Maliko
- xTuf Wiki
- Honu (Nylon)
The shafts are all carbon:
- 90 Flex
- 100 Flex
- 100 Flex Long
The handle options are all carbon:
- Classic T
- Ergo T
- Extended Ergo T
- Extended Ergo T & Adjustable Bracket
That’s 175 paddle combinations. You’ll find what you need!
Green Water Sports has some great tutorials about the basics of stand up paddle (SUP) boarding. It is worthwhile checking them out for pretty much every step along the way to get you on the water SUP paddling happily and safely. The general theory is “if you can stand up from a sitting position on the floor, you can stand up and paddle around on a stand up paddle board!” It’s that simple.
The videos in the tutorial articles at Green Water Sports feature the Red Paddle Co inflatable SUPs which are the leading inflatable SUP boards on the market.
If you’ve ever wondered why SUP is so popular, and why it is so healthy for you, you should check out the article about “why is paddle boarding is so good for you?”
Read the articles, follow the tutorial videos, take a close up look at one of the Red Paddle Co inflatable SUP paddle boards, and we’ll see you out there on the water! Good luck!
Green Water Sports are the best site on the web for buying an inflatable SUPs by Red Paddle Co. In an industry survey in 2012, Red Paddle Co SUPs were voted the world’s best and most popular iSUPs (inflatable stand up paddle boards.
The most popular model in their paddle board range is the Red Paddle Co 10’6″ inflatable SUP. Green Water Sports reviewed this paddle board on their site a few months back. Read the review here: 10’6″ Red Paddle Co Inflatable SUP Review.
A snippet from their review here:
The Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride is a great all round stand up paddle board. It also happens to be an inflatable which gives you great benefits… The advantages of an inflatable (storage, transportation, bombproof rails and construction) far outweigh and disadvantages (pumping it up and little flex). It’s my go to board…
You can head directly to their inflatable SUP board page here if you already know you want one!
Our activity partners over at Green Water Sports have released a quick guide on how to assemble your Ke Nale SUP paddles. The Ke Nalu SUP paddles arrive in separate pieces. Blade, shaft and handle. To assemble, it really is quite simple, don’t worry!
Other fixed length SUP paddles require the same trimming of the shaft and gluing the handle in place. With the Ke Nalu hot glue system, you can make mistakes and just reheat and adjust everything until perfect.
Follow the Ke Nalu SUP Paddle tutorials by Bill over at Green Water Sports.