Red Ride Series. Allround performance.
The Worldbest selling Inflatable SUP board.*
The three different models give options for all sizes of riders. An all rounder, the Ride will float and glide easily on flat water, while still riding smoothly and predictably in surf.
While some inflatable boards flex uncontrollably in surf Red have built just the right amount of curve into the plan shape to create a stiff board. The 10’6″ and 10'8" are 120mm/4.72″ thick. This increases stiffness while not affecting the ride and performance of this iconic board. The 9'8" is 100mm thick to assist manoeuverability but has the extra batten stiffening system added to ensure its rigidity. MSL fusion composite and airtight coating New for 2016, MSL involves fusing a second layer of hard-wearing polymer to the dropstitch core at the raw material stage, removing hand gluing errors. The high-tech industrial process also saves almost 2kg in weight and makes the boards stiffer at lower pressures.
The 9'8" x 31"
For lighter riders who need a versatile board.
The smallest of the Ride family, a board designed for all-round usage for lighter riders. You’ll get the best out of it if you’re under 70kg/155lb, but that doesn’t exclude heavier riders. In fact, for heavier riders, the 9’8” makes a great surf shape. Key to the Ride’s versatility are its dimensions. It’s 787mm/31” wide and 100mm/3.93” thick, which makes it a stable but manoeuvrable board. It’s a great board for beginners, but because it’s been stiffened with our RSS battens (see page 5), it delivers a fantastic experience for more advanced riders, too. The 9’8” Ride also has cargo tie-downs on the front for a dry bag.
If you could only ever have one Red Paddle Co board, the Ride 10’6” is the one we’d tell you to get – it’s already the world’s most popular inflatable SUP.
Its popularity is down to its versatility. It’s designed to float and glide easily on flat water, and it has just the right amount of curve in the plan shape so it rides smoothly and predictably in surf, no matter what kind of rider you are. And it’s 120mm/4.7” thick, which increases stiffness while not affecting ride and performance. Cargo tie-downs complete an iconic package.
With the 10’6” Ride Windsup, you get the world’s most popular inflatable SUP, only with the added benefit of being able to fit a sail for the days when the breeze is up. It has a mast foot built into the board (sail not included), a removable US Fin Box system at the rear (fin included), side thruster fins, and a central US fin box to act as a dagger fin/board (this fin not included) so you can add a US Box style fin giving it impressive tracking when in windsurfer mode.
The 10’6” makes the perfect base for a windsurfer because it’s wide in the midpoint and has an extra wide tail, giving it great stability. And of course, pack away the sail, and it’s a straight-up SUP, too.
For bigger riders and family paddlers The Ride family is the 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.
It has all the same qualities as the 9’8” and the 10’6”, but it’s two inches wider at 34”/863mm and has an extra 56 litres of volume, creating a more stable ride. It’s also 4.7”/120mm thick, which means you get greater stiffness at lower pressure. In fact, it’s more than 40 per cent stiffer than a standard 4”/100mm board at the same pressure. Another benefit of the 10’8” is that you can take a small passenger on the board more easily, too, which is why family paddlers often prefer it to the smaller Ride options.
Windsurfing can be an intimidating sport to get into, which is a shame, because the rewards are so great. But here’s a brilliant solution – the 10’8” Ride Windsup.
This is a board with all the practical benefits of an inflatable SUP that’s also designed specifically with beginner windsurfers in mind. The 10’8” is longer and wider in the midpoint than the 10’6” Ride Windsup, which gives it more stability and delivers a board that’s ideal for the first-time rider.
Equally, its increased dimensions make it a better fit for the larger rider. It has a removable rear fin (included), which means you can still pack it down for easy transport. It also has a central US fin box so you can add a US Box style fin to act as a dagger fin/board (this fin not included), giving it impressive tracking when in windsurfer mode. And of course, if you want to SUP, the board works just fine without the sail (not included), too.
Rocker Stiffening System
By looking at how and where a board flexes Red Air have developed and patented the Rocker Stiffening System (RSS) to increase rigidity. It works by inserting stiffening battens along the rails of the board. The battens then work against the downward force of the rider to produce a stiffer board by preventing flex – similar to how a stringer works on a hard board. The stiffening strips are removable for easy board rolling and can be stored in the carry bag for transportation to and from the water.
Red have tested every system currently available and even developed fin systems of their own to find the best solution. Nothing comes close to their tried and tested iFin system on the allround boards. Zero warranty requests since the introduction of these mean that Red remain confident that it is the best option. No tools, replacements or spares are needed for the iFin system – it won’t fail.