AirKayaks Guide to Choosing Your 2020 Red Paddle Co Inflatable SUP

Throughout the past 12 years, Red Paddle Co has been the industry leader in the inflatable paddle board arena, racking up numerous awards throughout the product line. The year 2019 was no different, earning the SUPConnect Brand of the Year Award as well as the SUPConnect Technology Award for Red Paddle’s game-changing new Compact 9’6″ – a board weighing less than 20 lbs and packing up to half the size of a standard board. For 2020, Red Paddle Company raises the bar by offering an unheard-of 5 year warranty on all 2020 Red Paddle boards (with product registration), the result of the Red Paddle TEC quality assurance program – each Red board is the result of rigorous quality assurance during the 72 hours of build time.

Red Paddle Co 2020 Ride Inflatable SUPs

Red Paddle’s philosophy? If you plan on taking to the water on an inflatable board then you need a super durable board that is up for the challenge. And if you haven’t seen them, the Red Paddle endurance videos – pitting Red Paddle boards against teens, dogs, tractors, big rigs, martial arts and more – are definitely a testament to durability.

2020 Red Paddle Co Inflatable SUP Line

The 2020 Red Paddle product line continues with 24 models for surfing, whitewater, recreation, touring and racing, ranging in size from 8’10″ to to 22’0″. This includes the introduction of one new limited edition color scheme, revamped graphics unifying the product line appearance while keeping subtle differences between paddling categories, and added features on several of the models. Prices are remaining the same.

2020 Red PAddle Co Compact rolls into a small package

Each year we update our previous posts to reflect the new Red Paddle Co models and product upgrades – use this guide to take away some of the guesswork when looking at the myriad of options with Red Paddle Co iSUPs.

How do you use the following tables? First, ascertain your size from the list:

Big & Tall – 210+ lbs and 6’1? plus inches in height
Average – 140-200 lbs, 5’7? to 6’0? inches in height
Small – Under 140 lbs, Under 5’7? inches in height
Child – Under 100 lbs, under 5’0 inches in height

Then decide the type(s) of paddling you want to do (paddling situations):

Touring – Ocean, waves, long paddles, camping
Recreational – Lakes, sloughs, slower rivers, coastal, calm
Whitewater – Fast-moving maneuvering with eddies, drops.
Downriver – Wide-open moving water.

Determine what attributes are important (or not!) to you – do you want versatility or storage capacity? Stability or speed?

2020 Red Paddle Co

Rank your experience level, realizing that the more you get out on the water, the better you will get. More experienced paddlers can get away with smaller boards. Last of all, will this be used by various members of the family? Do you want the ability to bring along a child, dog or gear? Might two people be on this together?

Multi Paddlers/Family: Two Adults, Adult and child or dog.
Advanced Paddler

Follow the color key to decide what board is good for varying sizes and activities:

Blue – The board is great!
Green – The board is good.
Yellow – This board is not recommended.

For instance, if you were 5 feet 10 inches with a weight of 180 lbs, and whitewater rivers was the highest priority with a bit of recreational paddling, the Wild 9’6 would be a good choice. But, if you wished to do predominantly recreational paddling with a bit of whitewater, the Ride 10’6 would be best.

Red Paddle Co 2020 Active inflatable fitness SUP

For easier viewing, the Red Paddle Co boards in the following tables have been separated into four categories: recreational, cruising/touring, specialty and race. If you are having trouble viewing the details in the four tables, follow this link for a larger, zoomable and printable PDF version of the Choosing Your 2020 Red Paddle Co Inflatable Paddle Board iSUP.

2020 Red Paddle Co Recreational Inflatable SUPS.

This section outlines the recreational models, which include the Snapper 9’4″, Compact 9’6″, Ride 9’8, Ride 10’6 and Ride 10’8, the Ride L and Ride XL. This also includes the Limited Edition Ride 10’6″ created to celebrate Red’s 10th anniversary.

2020 Red Paddle Co Recreational Boards

2020 Red Paddle Co Cruising/Touring Inflatable SUPS.

This portion lists the cruising/touring models, which include the Sport 11’0″, Sport 11’3″, Sport 12’6″. Voyager 12’6″, Voyager 13″2 and Voyager Tandem. It also includes the new Limited Edition Sport 11″3.

2020 Red Paddle Co Cruising/Touring Boards

2020 Red Paddle Co Specialty Inflatable SUPS.

The table below outlines the specialty boards, which include the Whip 8’10, Wild 9’6, Wind 10’7, WindSurf 10’7 and Activ 10’8.

2020 Red Paddle Co Specialty Boards

2020 Red Paddle Co Racing Inflatable SUPS.

The last table below outlines the racing boards, which include the Max Race 10’6 in two widths, the Elite 12’6 and 14’0 – also in two widths – and the Dragon 22’0.

2020 Red Paddle Co Racing Boards

All boards – except the two smaller and three larger boards – come with the popular Titan dual barrel pump and the All Terrain Roller Backpack. The Whip and Snapper come with the slimmer original HP EZ pump and the standard backpack, while the Ride L, RIde XL and Dragon come with four HP pumps and a carrying tarp.

Why are there varying board thicknesses?

Some of the larger boards feature heavier, drop-stitch materials, thus making the boards thicker.

2020 Red Paddle Co Voyager Inflatable SUP

What does this mean? The thicker the board (and larger the board) the greater the air volume. This will increase the board rigidity at lower pressures. The Sport 11″0 and 11’3, Ride 10’6 and 10’8 boards – constructed from 120mm materials – will have roughly 20% greater rigidity than the 100mm material boards (Whip, Snapper, Ride 9-8), thus will carry more weight, but will be slightly less maneuverable. The 150mm material boards – such as the Flow, Elites, Sport 12’6 and Voyagers – will exhibit roughly 50% greater rigidity. But, the 100mm boards (as well as the 150mm Elites, Sport 12’6 and Voyagers, but not the Snapper) have been beefed up with the Rocker Stiffening System (RSS), which also gives them an additional boost over the 100mm boards built by other manufacturers.

2020 Red Paddle Sport 11-3 Limited Edition Inflatable SUP

How does the width affect the performance?

Optimal width – measured at the widest point on the board – is typically 32 inches for most paddlers. Narrower boards (such as the race boards) will be faster but less stable. Wider boards have more volume, thus increasing stability and carrying capacity.

How high do I really need to pump this up for best performance?

Recommended pressure is 18-20 PSI, with an optimum of 18PSI. We suggest starting off at 15 PSI, and then deciding if you need to go higher – no sense spending time and effort reaching the highest PSI, when it may not get you any better performance. For instance, as a smaller person, I generally don’t pump up my boards higher than 12 PSI. And one of our customers – at 6’3″ and 300 lbs – found his 12’6 was perfectly fine at 20 PSI.

You can read more about SUP pumps in our Guide to Choosing a Pump for your High Pressure Inflatable SUP.

2020 Red Paddle Co Dragon Racing inflatable board

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, you can view details on the various Red Paddle Co Inflatable SUPS at Most of the 2020 Red Paddle CO inflatable SUPs are arriving late October, with the rest to follow in February 2020.

You can also read our writeup on the 2020 Red Paddle Co Product Line – What’s New or  Download the Red Paddle CO 2020 Product Catalog.

Looking to save some money? We have a limited amount of the 2018/2019 Red Paddle Co Inflatable SUPs at 20 % off, while supplies last.

Still having trouble? Feel free to Contact us via email, or give us a call at 707-998-0135.

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