Sneak Preview: New 2017 Red Paddle Co Elite Inflatable Racing Boards with FFC

Red Paddle Co recently unveiled their exciting 2017 product line of inflatable paddle boards at Salt Lake City’s Outdoor Retailer Show.

Red Paddle CO FFC System

New for 2017 is the revolutionary Forward Flex Control (FFC) stiffening rod, a patented system designed to give Red Paddle’s Elite race boards even more rigidity, ensuring a competitive edge.New RSS pull tab with velcro


The current Elite boards feature the innovative, patented Rocker Stiffening System (RSS) utilizing removable fiberglass battens which stiffen the side rails of the boards.

Red Paddle Co FFC System

The additional FFC rod works in conjuntion with the RSS system. Before fully inflating the board and inserting the RSS battens, the FFC rod is clipped to a mounting lever near the top of the deckpad and put under compression, stiffening the board from midpoint to nose.

Red Paddle Co Elite 2017

The new FFC system is part of Red Paddle’s racing development program. With the RSS and FFC systems, nose flex is removed, ensuring an incredibly rigid ride while retaining the portability and storage advantages of an inflatable. By removing nose flex on the board, the Elites become some of the fastest inflatables on the water.

Red Paddle CO FFC System

The new 2017 Elite FFC racing boards – available in 12’6″ and 14’0″ sizes with an updated 25 inch width – are now available. MSRP is $1629 and $1799 respectively. For details, visit the Elite 12-6 or the Elite 14-0 product page on

View this blog to see the complete 2017 Red Paddle Co product line.

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