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Whether it be pioneering new SUP racing locations, debating the future of the sport or creating entirely new paddleboarding race formats, inflatables are starting to play a serious role in the sport of stand up paddling. And when it comes to inflatables, no brand stands up bigger and better than Red Paddle Co.

Red Paddle Co. has been crafting nothing but inflatables since 2008, which has given them the time and focus to become a market leader in the battle of the blow ups. And with their new ultra-light, ultra stiff “MSL” technology, Red has again created the next generation of inflatable stand up paddle boards.

Go and explore Red Paddle Co’s 2017 range, or simply take a look at our latest inflatable stand up paddle board news and insights below…


posted March 14, 2017 by Christopher Parker

Create Your Ultimate Adventure (and Win Some Awesome Gear) with Red Paddle Co
Red-Paddle-Co-adventure-paddleboardingSo who else wants to go on a paddleboarding adventure? If you dream of jumping on a board with all your gear, paddling off into the sunset with your best mate/partner/fellow adventurer and finding a deserted beach to camp out and explore, here's your chance to get that dream trip kickstarted. Inflatable pioneers Red Paddle Co. are in the middle of their "Create Your Adventure of a Lifetime" giveaway, where they'll be kitting out a pair of lucky paddlers with not only top of the line paddle boards but also all the gear you'll need for a real adventure on the water.
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posted January 10, 2017 by Christopher Parker

Big Boards in Barbados: Red Paddle Co Announces the ‘Dragon World Championships’ Teams Challenge in October
Red Paddle CoHands up if you want to go paddling in Barbados. Red Paddle Co, the world's leading inflatable brand, has today announced what might just be the funnest weekend of the year: The inaugural Dragon World Championship, a season-ending headline event for Red's new four-a-board teams racing concept that will be hosted on the paradisaical Caribbean island from October 28-30.
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posted December 20, 2016 by Christopher Parker

This Story (and Video) Will Make You Want to Buy an Inflatable and Go on a Paddling Adventure
inflatable-stand-up-paddleboardsHave you ever wanted to grab your paddleboard and just escape? Spontaneously disappear off the grid and explore beautiful destinations from the water? Somewhere in the Greek Islands, perhaps? Well that's exactly what UK couple Jay Haysey and Bethany Mercer did recently, and in case the winter blues are getting you down, they documented the whole thing to give you some new year's inspiration.
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posted December 16, 2016 by Christopher Parker

The Next Generation of Inflatable Race Boards Are Bad Ass: Red Paddle Co. Adds New Features for 2017
inflatable-paddleboard-red-paddle-coRed Paddle Co., the specialist inflatable brand widely considered an industry leader, has introduced several new features to its 2017 race board range that further close the gap on carbon sleds and give pump up fans another reason to smile. Red is certainly one of the most innovative brands in the sport, constantly tinkering and tweaking in their ultimate quest to create lighter and stiffer inflatables that can achieve both performance and portability. Unlike manufacturers that make all types of boards, Red goes all in on their one area of expertise. Inflatable stand up paddleboards are all they do, which is probably why they continue to push the blow-up boundaries so well.
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posted September 14, 2016 by Christopher Parker

Awesome: Red Paddle Co Unleashes the 22 Foot “Dragon” Inflatable + Teams Racing League
Red Paddle Co Dragon SUP Well this is definitely one of the more unusual news items in the world of SUP racing. It's also one of the most awesome: Red Paddle Co, the pioneer of inflatable stand up paddle board design, has just released a four-person, 22ft-long race board called the Red Dragon. What's more, they're launching a global team racing league called the "Dragon World Series" that sounds like ridiculously good fun.
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posted July 1, 2016 by Christopher Parker

Meet Antonio de la Rosa, the Guy Who’s Paddling 2,200kms around the Arctic on an 18ft Inflatable
Antonio de la Rosa paddle boarding GreenlandWhile the "Race to the Midnight Sun" is currently underway in the Yukon Territory of Canada, another paddle expedition has just begun in the land where the sun never sets. And this one's even longer. Meet Antonio de la Rosa of Spain, the guy who's just started a 2,200km (1,367 miles) paddle around the Arctic.
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posted June 6, 2016 by Christopher Parker

The Most Entertaining Race of the Summer; The Red Paddle Co “XL Race For Glory”
Red Paddle Co XL Ride inflatable paddleboard raceOk so this was definitely the most entertaining race of the EuroTour so far; The Red Paddle Co "XL Race For Glory" at the Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge here in the beautiful Basque Country yesterday. Forty paddlers. Five giant inflatable paddleboards. One crazy fun sprint race.
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posted May 11, 2016 by Christopher Parker

EuroTour Goes XL Fun with Red Paddle Co’s Big Inflatables
Red Paddle Co big inflatable stand up paddle boardHighlighting that the EuroTour isn't just about serious, elite racing, it's also about having a damn good time, Red Paddle Co. has signed on as the official inflatables partner, with the British brand set to feature their boards in a series of fun races at every stop. In addition to the main events, each leg on the 14-week Tour will feature Red Paddle Co races on both the 10'6 whipper snapper boards and those big, beautiful, 17ft "XL Ride" behemoths.
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posted March 5, 2016 by Christopher Parker

Dave Kalama & Friends Take Over Maui on a Big Inflatable SUP
giant inflatable stand up paddleboardIn case you somehow forgot to follow us on Facebook or Insta, here's a great little clip that's been doing the rounds the past 24 hours. Dave Kalama and friends taking over Maui on the aptly-named "Invader" giant inflatable stand up paddleboard from Imagine Surf.
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posted February 3, 2016 by Christopher Parker

Is This the Next Generation of Inflatables? Reviewing Red Paddle Co’s Lighter/Stiffer “MSL” Boards
Red Paddle Co inflatable SUPsWhen it comes to performance, inflatable stand up paddle boards are fast closing the gap on their carbon fibre cousins. Inflatables have proven themselves worthy (or even superior) alternatives on the rivers and in the humble world of recreational paddling, but the hardest nut to crack has definitely been the race board market. Perhaps that's about to change...
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