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Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Buy an Inflatable Paddle Board

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.

Lightweight

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.

Versatile, Family Friendly, Durable…

View all the details at the full article: Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Buy an Inflatable Paddle Board, check out the article on Green Water Sports

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How To Repair your Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard

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.

For the full article and process, head to this article: How To Repair your Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard on Green Water Sports.

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How To Inflate Your Starboard Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

In today’s instalment of Starboard’s “How To” video series, we are going to explain how to inflate your inflatable stand up paddle board.

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.

To follow the rest of the steps, head to the How To Inflate Your Starboard Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board article on Green Water Sports.

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5 Top Tips For Paddleboarding in Cold Weather

For most, paddle boarding is preferably done under the warmth of Summer sun, but for a majority of the planet, it doesn’t last year round. However, paddle boarding doesn’t have to only take place in Summer, in fact, you can paddle 365 days a year as long as you plan and dress for the conditions. To keep you on the water year round, Green Water Sports have outlined their 5 top tips for paddle boarding in cold weather.

Paddle With Friends

Paddleboarding in company is suggested year round but becomes even more critical in cold weather. Whether you paddle with a partner or a group, you have extra help in the case of emergency such as equipment malfunction or even a medical emergency. More people also means more room to carry essentials such as phones, radios, first aid kits, quick repair kits, tow lines, warm clothing and water. Along with being much safer, paddling in company is also a lot more enjoyable, even if you’re looking for some quiet time. It’s always more fun to share the adventure with family or friends. However, sometimes it’s not that easy to gather a group or partner, so if you really can’t entice anyone to join you, make sure you tell someone when and where you are going and how long you expect to be. And don’t forget to call them as soon as you are back on dry land! We also recommend saving the longer and more adventurous paddles for when you have someone to accompany you.

Be Back Before Dark

Returning before dark may sound a little obvious, but as the cold weather and winter begin to set in, the days become shorter, which could easily catch anyone out. Prior to your paddle, it’s important to check what time the sun sets in your local area and aim to be on dry land at least 1 hour before. This will give you a substantial safety buffer and on those greyer days, remember you will lose the light long before sunset. This safety buffer is also important, as along with losing the light; the air temperature will also plummet. Being out on the water in the cold and dark is certainly not a scenario you will want to find yourself in.

For tips 3 though 5, head to 5 Top Tips For Paddleboarding in Cold Weather on Green Water Sports

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5 Things You Can Only Do With an Inflatable Paddle board

Today, Green Water Sports comes to us with their 5 things you can only do with an inflatable SUP. So, wherever you like to paddle, however you like to paddle and whomever you like to paddle with, inflatable paddleboards really are the most diverse choice. They also have extensive lists of perks over their hardboard counterparts so to help you finalize your decision, here are our top 5 things you can only do with an inflatable paddleboard.

Explore Further Afield

The adventures really don’t ever have to stop with inflatable paddleboards. As iSUPS are inflatable, once deflated, they pack down small into their accompanying carry bag. This efficient pack down makes them easy to transport by car, public transport and even by plane, without the oversize baggage fees. The useful carry bag also makes those before limited access spots now accessible, giving the opportunity to explore further afield. Alternatively, if the location is just a short walk, you can inflate your board and carry it ready to go. As they are inflated, they are much lighter than hardboards making them easy and convenient to carry. Most also have a padded handle in the middle so you can carry in comfort. This also means for those locations where you have to frequently enter and exit the water, for example when passing through locks, you can pass through easily without the added hardboard weight.

Store Anywhere, Everywhere

Unlike solid paddleboards, iSUPS can be stored anywhere, everywhere! Once deflated, their neat pack down means you can store them in a closet, small lake house, on a small boat and even in your bedroom. If camping, it would even fit inside of your tent! In comparison, standard hardboards are around 10-12ft long, so if you don’t have a large garage or storage space, they can be tricky to store. In addition, hardboards are more fragile, so if finding the space isn’t a problem, you’ll also need it to be somewhere where it won’t get knocked or damaged.

For tips 3 through 5, head to 5 Things You Can Only Do With an Inflatable Paddleboard at Green Water Sports

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A look inside Red Paddle Co International HQ

The guys from SUPboarder have taken us on an in depth tour of Red Paddle Co’s global head quarters. Leading the tour was none other than the CEO of Red, John Hibbard. His thoughts, insight and clarity for the brand’s purpose and goals give you a clear indication why Red Paddle Co has been so successful.

It’s a long one, but well worth the watch. Green Water Sports has outlined some moments of note:

3:30 The new flat bungee system explained
4:30 The new Titan 2 Pump explained
10:30 The new V-Hull design for the Voyager models
22:30 Marketing team outlines the brand story and education around SUP
29:35 Discussion on Red Paddle Co’s pricing
32:09 Rare sighting of a wild George Shillito
33:41 The Red design process
36:19 Discussion on double chamber inflatable paddle boards and 0% Red Paddle Co board failure rate
43:10 Red’s eco friendly design, product life span, circular design

Check out the Red Paddle Co video at Green Water Sports: A look inside Red Paddle Co International HQ

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Top 5 reasons why inflatable SUPs are perfect for your Fall adventures

Green Water Sports has brought over their top 5 reasons why inflatable SUPs are perfect for your fall adventures, read on to find out what they are. Every season brings the opportunity for a new adventure and a new perspective on the outdoors and we think inflatable paddleboards are the perfect companion to see all of this and more. Find out our top 5 reasons why inflatable SUPs are perfect for your fall adventures below!

1. They Are Incredibly Convenient

As the season begins to change to fall and the days get shorter, convenience really is key. Inflatable paddleboards are amazingly lightweight, so wherever your fall adventures may take you, whether it be trekking to a remote lake or gliding down rivers, it’s easy and quick to lift it in and out the water. Along with their light weight, inflatables can easily be rolled up and stored in their accompanying backpack, making it not only easier to carry along on your adventures, but also means they take up minimal storage space. This handy pack down makes them easy to transport, even in the smallest vehicles, on public transport and even on planes! This portability of inflatable paddle boards offers up the ability and freedom of limitless exploration year round!

2. Fun For The Entire Family

The family fun doesn’t have to end with summer, as inflatable paddleboard’s light weight makes them manageable for the kids compared to the bulky and heavy hardboard alternative. Not only are they more manageable for the kids, but also easy to use for the entire family as inflatable paddleboards are more stable, when inflated to the correct PSI, than hardboards as they are generally wider and thicker, giving more volume. This makes them stable in a variety of water states from choppy ocean, to silky smooth lakes, to white water rapids. This stability makes them impressively versatile for all levels and abilities of paddlers and can be used for fishing, SUP yoga, racing, SUP polo and white water paddling just to name a few. For those that are still a little wobbly on their feet, inflatables also have much more ‘give’ so if you do fall, you’re not going to hurt yourself or anyone else with the board. This also makes them much more comfortable underfoot or if you prefer to kneel or sit down.

For parts 3 though 5, head to Green Water Sports and their article: Top 5 reasons why inflatable SUPs are perfect for your Fall adventures

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Top 5 Beginner Kayaks of 2021, ft. the Tahe 11’6″ Beach SUP-Yak

Making it onto the PaddleTV list of top beginner kayaks for 2021, is the Tahe Beach SUP-Yak in the 11’6″ x 36″ size. An inflatable stand up paddle board and 2 person kayak. A do-it-all style board to cater for everyone.

The Tahe Beach SUP-Yak 11’6″ x 36″ and Tahe Beach SUP-Yak 10’6″ x 34″ are both exceptionally stable, lightweight and easy to use 2-in-1 inflatable kayak and stand up paddle board packages for either 2-person or 1-person use with plenty of extra capacity for kids, pets and gear. The innovative design combines comfort and convenience for endless play time on the water with family and friends whether standing, seated or lounging around.

The 11’6″ SUP-Yak can be used in either a 2 or 1 person kayak configuration, while the 10’6″ SUP-Yak is solely a 1 person kayak.

STAND UP AND EXPLORE – Stable and sturdy underfoot thanks to high-pressure drop-stitch construction paired with a confidence-inspiring shape. With a capacity of 450lbs, the entire family can join in the fun together and be walking on water in no time!

SIT DOWN AND CRUISE – Two included elevated seats, footrests and hybrid paddles are easy to set-up, converting from paddle board to kayak in seconds. They provide unmatched comfort and control for either 1-person or 2-person use by optimizing body position and alignment for kayaking. The innovative Daisy Chain Attachment System lets you customize seat and footrest position for riders of all shapes and sizes.

LOUNGE AROUND – Seat and footrest are easily removed to create a clutter free space to call home on the water while you play or relax. A soft get grippy deck pad runs the entire length of the board, perfect for pets, kids, yoga and naps.

100% Paddle Board, 100% Kayak, 200% FUN!

Check out the Tahe boards at Green Water Sports: Tahe Stand Up Paddle Boards and Kayaks

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Review of the 2021 Red Paddle Co 10’6″ x 32″ Ride inflatable paddle board

Green Water Sports have recently reviewed the 2021 Red Paddle Co inflatable SUP. Red Paddle Co are the industry leaders of inflatable paddle board technology and the 10’6″ Ride is their most popular model. Check out the first part of the review below.

The 2021 Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride inflatable stand up paddle board is a marked evolution over prior year models. There are several notable updates over 2020, including the new Titan 2 Pump, a twin fin system, larger deck pad and new flat bungee system. Continuing is the unmatched attention to detail, and the industry leading 5 year warranty with product registration.

MSL Fusion Technology, exclusive to Red Paddle Co, was introduced for the 2016 model year and it was a huge step up in terms of quality, durability and performance. Now, with a solid 6 years under their belt from this revolutionary change, the 2021 Red Paddle Co range updates focus on not only making the boards even better performing and easier to use, but with attention to even the smallest detail for the best possible inflatable paddle board packages.

Along side the regular (blue) 10’6″ Ride for 2021, we have the 10’6″ Ride Special Edition. This eye catching purple trimmed board was first introduced to celebrate Red Paddle Co ‘s 10th anniversary in 2018 and has stayed on as a popular alternative to the standard blue. In 2008, Red Paddle Co started out as a pioneer in the industry focusing on just inflatable stand up paddle boards, and today, they are the market leaders in terms of technology, quality and performance.

The only difference between the blue 10’6″ Ride and the purple 10’6″ Ride Special Edition is the color, the board has the same specifications and comes with the same items as the regular 10’6″ Ride. With this color difference in mind, this review is valid for both boards.

For 2021, there is also now a 10’6″ Ride Package. This is the same awesome 10’6″ Ride (in blue) coupled with the Red Paddle Co Alloy Nylon Adjustable 70-86″ 3 Piece Paddle and the Red Paddle Co Coiled Leash. A combined value of $188 for just $100.

Note: This article is a review of the 10’6″ Ride (and the 10’6″ Ride Special Edition), for more info on how to set up and use the board, please see our knowledge base area or view the Red Paddle Co User Manual.

So what exactly have they updated for 2021? What features have they changed, what details are refined, are the boards better? Should I get one, or maybe the 10’8″ Ride? In an attempt to answer these questions, let’s begin with the 2021 Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride review and videos.

Continue reading the full review at Green Water Sports: Review of the 2021 Red Paddle Co 10’6″ x 32″ Ride inflatable paddle board

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The new 2021 Red Paddle Co RSS battens

In the above video, courtesy of Green Water Sports, John Hibbard from Red Paddle Co walks us through the new RSS battens from 2021.

Hi guys, John Hibbard here from Red Paddle Co HQ. I’d like to introduce to you the 2021 RSS batten. First thing you’ll notice, a new color, day glow orange. This makes it much easier to find on the beach when you’re packing up at the end of a long day. You won’t lose it in the sand or in the long grass. So a great customer experience.

You’ll also notice it’s extremely durable. In fact, it’s basically unbreakable. So if it gets stood on inside the bag or on the beach, it’s not going to break. If you leave it inside your board and forget that it’s in there when you come to roll the board up, you’re not going to break or splinter the batten by mistake. You can just remove it once you’ve remembered, and carry on as normal.

It’s extremely durable. It’s also a polycarbonate material which means it’s recyclable, so it can be recycled in household recycling. But it works exactly the same as the old batten. The performance it delivers is exactly the same. It fits into the pocket and the force of the rider goes down across the thin edge.

It is slightly different when it comes to being put inside the board. I’m going to show you that now. So you pump the board up to about 1 or 2 PSI, same as normal, put the board on its rail. Then just put the first inch or so of the batten into the batten pocket. This is where there’s a difference in technique.

For the rest of the details, and to see how these RSS Battens are used, head to Red Paddle Co at Green Water Sports.