Loaded with gear, or loaded with kids, the V-Hull on the Red Paddle Co Voyager 12’6″ is phenomenal. Slicing through the water like a composite board, it can glide through a glassy morning or cut through chop like a pro.
Red Paddle boards are some of the best inflatable paddle boards on the market and we are exceptionally happy with ours. Check out the 12’6″ Voyager by Red Paddle Co at Green Water Sports.
Inflatable paddle boards, or iSUPs, are a popular choice for travelers due to their versatility and convenience. They can be easily packed into a suitcase or backpack and taken on planes, trains, and automobiles, making them the perfect companion for your next adventure.
With so many amazing places to visit around the world, it can be tough to narrow down the best destinations for an iSUP adventure. Here are five of our top picks for the best places to travel with an inflatable paddle board:
Bali, Indonesia – Bali is a paradise for paddlers, with crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches, and lush green rice terraces. The island is home to a variety of paddling spots, from beginner-friendly flatwater to challenging waves for experienced surfers. Paddle through the mangroves in the north, or explore the serene waterways of the Ubud region.
The Great Lakes, USA – The Great Lakes region of the United States is a paddler’s paradise, with over 20,000 miles of coastline and countless bays, inlets, and channels to explore. From the massive waves of Lake Superior to the peaceful waters of Lake Erie, there’s something for every level of paddler. Don’t forget to pack a wetsuit – the water can get chilly in the Great Lakes!
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – The Galapagos Islands are a unique and beautiful destination, and an iSUP is the perfect way to explore them. Paddle through crystal clear waters and see a variety of marine life, including sea turtles, dolphins, and even whales. The islands are also home to a variety of landscapes, from sandy beaches to rocky cliffs, so there’s always something new to discover.
The Okanagan Valley, Canada – Located in the heart of British Columbia, the Okanagan Valley is known for its stunning lakes and vineyards. Paddle through the crystal clear waters and take in the breathtaking mountain views, or stop for a tasting at one of the many wineries along the way. The Okanagan Valley is also home to a variety of paddling events and guided tours, making it a great destination for beginner and experienced paddlers alike.
The Fjords of Norway – Norway’s fjords are a paddler’s dream, with dramatic landscapes, crystal clear waters, and a variety of marine life. Paddle through the fjords and see waterfalls, cliffs, and forests, or stop to explore small villages and meet the friendly locals. The best time to visit is during the summer months, when the weather is mild and the days are long.
No matter where you decide to go, an inflatable paddle board is the perfect way to explore and discover new places. Just remember to pack your board, a pump, and a repair kit, and you’ll be ready for an unforgettable adventure.
Half the size, but not double the adventure, triple the adventure!
The Red Paddle Co 12’0″ Compact is just as stiff and durable as all Red Paddle Co boards are famously known for. It offers the same top-level performance while still supporting riders up to 265 lbs. Combine the top-level performance with the convenience of being able to easily travel with the board, or easily store it in your apartment or on your boat, and you have a board that stands atop the industry in stand up paddle board design.
The Red Paddle Co Compact 12′ is designed for paddlers who want the convenience of a full size and full feature board that packs down to half the size of a regular inflatable SUP. All this without compromising on performance.
Like the other Compact range paddle boards by Red Paddle Co, the 9’6″ Compact and the 11′ Compact, the 12′ Compact ships complete with 5-piece paddle and coiled leash for the full package. Full details at Green Water Sports.
Have you zigged and zagged your stand up paddle board all over the lake thinking there has got to be a better way to get somewhere? Well, paddling straight involves many factors: board shape, water conditions, paddle length, your height, paddle blade shape, just to name a few. However, it is your paddling technique that is by far the biggest factor in going straight. Beau Nixon from SUPboarder talks us through a few technique tips for straighter paddling.
Paddling in a straight line not only improves your efficiency on the paddleboard, but it also helps you to gain confidence so you can better understand the conditions around you and improve your overall paddling technique. Paddling in a straight line is also referred to as tracking, so we may mention this throughout. Now there are a number of reasons why we can’t paddle straight, so let’s get into it.
Today in Starboard’s “How To” video series, we are going to outline the process of how to deflate and pack your Starboard inflatable paddle board.
Step 1 – Deflate To deflate, start by locating the valve where you inflated the board. Once located, we can release that valve by rotating it counter clockwise. Then, you can press the pin down and lock it in the down position to deflate. When you press down on the pin, the air will start exiting out of the board which might be a little loud to start, but as the pressure drops, it will get quieter. For those who have the double chamber, you can simply follow the same steps as the main chamber by turning the valve counter clockwise, removing it and then pressing down. To deflate your paddle board quicker, you can use your tiki pump by connecting the hose to the deflate mode on the pump handle. Whilst making sure the pin is down, connect the hose to the valve and start pumping. This time, instead of pushing air into the board, the pump is pulling the air out of the board helping it to deflate faster.
Step 2 – Fold Once you’ve finished deflating your board, it’s time to start folding. We start by folding the nose of the board to the tail in small increments. Folding this way will also help to expel any air that is still inside of the board. As you are folding, press down on each fold to help keep your board small and compact. As you reach the valve point, it’s important to ensure the pin in the centre of the valve is up and the top screwed back on, so we don’t allow any dust into the board. Once we reach the tail of the board, you’re ready to pack it into it’s bag.
Getting back on your inflatable stand up paddle board from the water can be challenging, it can also lead to some not wanting to paddle at all. So today, we have are a couple of easy tips courtesy of Green Water Sports, on how to get back on your Starboard inflatable paddle board.
Firstly, approach your board from the side and use the carry handle or strap to pull your upper body onto the board. Once your upper body is completely on the deck of the board, kick your feet and rotate the rest of your body up and onto the board. Now you can resume paddling from the kneeling position. If you’ve dropped your paddle, you can simply lay down and prone paddle with your arms to retrieve your paddle back.
Are you looking for the ultimate inflatable SUP electric pump? Well, Green Water Sports have just reviewed the Outdoor Master Shark 2. Here are the details.
Looking for a pump that can effortlessly inflate your board, kayak, and any other type of high-pressure inflatable? Look no further, the Outdoor Master Shark II is a tough and versatile pump that is able to inflate paddle boards up to 20 PSI. The Shark 2 features a sleek, lightweight design, making it highly portable and a pump you’ll find yourself using for not just inflatable paddle boards, but all type of inflatable toys. Outdoor Master have created a versatile, user-friendly pump that comes with all of the features you’ll need to ensure your board is inflated to the precise PSI level, which will improve your board’s performance out on the water.
On average, you can expect a 8-15 minute inflation time. While not faster than manual pumps like the Titan 2 or Tiki Pump, you don’t have to do the work! Outdoor Master claims that this pump is so powerful that it can easily inflate up to three SUPs in a row before it needs a short break. The 20 PSI pressure capacity is just one of the reasons this model is such a best-seller.
Over the past few years, the popularity of stand up paddle boarding has exploded and it is easy to see why. Not only is paddle boarding easily accessible for the masses and suited for all fitness levels and age groups, it is also a fun and great way to stay healthy and in shape. With this popularity, the stand up paddle board market can be a little overwhelming with various types, shapes and materials. This is why we have simplified it and outlined our top reasons why you should buy an inflatable paddle board, complete with a buying guide.
Inflatable stand up paddle boards are much lighter than their solid counterparts, making them much easier to carry and move around. Take for example the Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6″, it is just 20lbs. This makes them ideal for paddling rivers and canals, especially if you need to pass through locks. The lighter weight also makes them more suitable for more off the beaten path locations where you would need to carry your board or lift it in and out of the water frequently. If you’re walking a longer distance, you can pack it down into it’s backpack and pump it when you reach your destination! Depending on the size and materials, inflatable paddle boards weigh between 15 to 25 pounds, whereas a standard solid paddle board weighs 30lbs upwards.
In this video and article (via Green Water Sports), we’re going to talk about how to repair your inflatable stand up paddle board. iSUPS are extremely durable, however most do include a repair kit with each board in the unlikely event that you do get a puncture.
Your repair kit comes with 2 rectangular PVC patches and a valve wrench. Note that we do not include the glue with the repair kit due to HAZMAT shipping restrictions, so you’ll have to purchase the glue separately. We recommend Clifton Urethane Adhesive or Stabond, (or AquaSeal) but any vinyl adhesive will do. Whichever one you use, be sure to carefully read and follow the instructions on the type of glue you’re using.
If your board is losing air, the first thing you should do is take the included valve wrench in your repair kit and tighten down your valve. The valve sits inside of a seat and when you tighten it with the valve wrench, this makes sure it’s properly seated and that no air is leaking from around the valve. If that doesn’t solve the problem, the next step is to locate the leak.
If your board is fully inflated, you might be able to hear it, but if not, you want to take some soapy water and spray it around the board in the areas where you suspect the leak. The soapy water will bubble in the areas where there is a leak. Once you’ve identified from where your board is leaking, you want to wipe it dry and mark the area.
Before you start getting any equipment out, you want to make sure there are no sharp objects around as they can easily damage your board.
Assembling The Pump
To start pumping, we need to assemble the tiki pump by connecting the hose to the inflate mode (INF), located on the body of the pump next to the gauge. Once the hose is connected we can attach the base by following the arrow markers, with which the first arrow will align with the joint of the base. The pump should fit perfectly into the base with those markers aligned, and now you can twist it clockwise to secure it into place. Now the second arrow should be aligned with the mark on the base. To start pumping in the double action mode, high volume mode, you need to turn the small lever just below the handle from the left side to the right. And that’s it, now the pump is ready to go!
Connecting The Pump
To connect the pump to the board, we start with removing the valve cap by rotating it counter-clockwise and checking that the pin in the centre is in the up position. You can check this by pressing the pin down, then releasing so it pops to the up position. To attach the hose, insert the end of the hose into the valve and turn clockwise to lock it into place.