Latest news about inflatable stand up paddle boards.

Bart de Zwart: Paddling through Vanuatu (and going back in time)

Another loud explosion. We looked at each other with a mix of excitement and fear, and we wondered what was waiting for us at the top…

We were hiking the ridge of Mount Yasur on the island of Tanna, one of 83 outposts in the South Pacific that form the nation of Vanuatu. Yasur is one of the world’s few active volcanoes considered “safe” to view up close; we were still two hoars from the top but already the mountain was making thunderous, frightening sounds.

As we walked, I reflected on how we had gotten to that point…   → READ MORE

WATCH: Unboxing the crazy new “Compact” from Red Paddle Co (world’s smallest SUP?)

UNBOXING: world's smallest SUP?!

This is the new 9'6 "Compact" from Red Paddle Co (aka "The World's Smallest Paddleboard"). It's a pretty impressive piece of engineering. Watch this fun little unboxing we did in Austria recently for a closer look!
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Posted by SUP Racer on Friday, November 2, 2018


I got the chance to play with the crazy new “Compact” board from Red Paddle Co (aka the world’s smallest stand up paddle board) after the Dragon World Championships in Austria next month.

This thing fits in a backpack. I mean a real backpack. It’s a bit of a game-changer…

This thing isn’t as cheap as Red’s other boards, but if you love to travel it’s kinda priceless. World’s first carry-on SUP? The 9’6″ Red Compact will start shipping next month. Click here to see if you can still pre-order one of the first boards.


GAME CHANGER: Red Paddle Co just revealed the world’s most-compact SUP (and I want one)

I love inflatables. They make it so much easier to travel, opening up a world of adventure that hard boards make difficult at best and impossible at worst.

Sure, they’re not quite as rigid, but unless you’re a hardcore racer or want to go for a surf, a blow-up SUP will do most of the time. No surprise, then, that inflatable sales are dwarfing their carbon brethren everywhere from Europe to Japan.

But for all their convenience, inflatable stand up paddleboards aren’t really *that* small, are they? You’re guaranteed to check it in on the plane, and it’ll squeeze into the back of a car, but it’s still pretty damn bulky.

Apparently Red Paddle Co, the undisputed industry leader, thinks the same, because they’ve just unveiled what could be an absolute game-changer of a board.

It’s called the Red “Compact,” and I want one.   → READ MORE

The countdown to Red Paddle Co’s “Dragon World Champs” goes up a gear as Nike joins the party.

One board, four paddlers, 57 41 days: the countdown to the funnest event of the year is in full swing, with just under two months til Red Paddle Co’s “Dragon World Championship” race in Austria. From August 31 – September 2, picturesque Lake Fuschl plays host to this unique, novel and challenging event that turns stand up paddling into a team sport.   → READ MORE

Drag Race: Starboard Inflatable vs Carbon (the result might surprise you)

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Watch Michael Booth and Bruno Hasulyo test out the latest Starboard inflatable against a regular carbon design at the company’s HQ in Thailand. The results might surprise you…

Starboard has been working on its new “Airline” tech that aims to bring inflatable race boards more in line to the performance of traditional carbon creations, and judging by this video they’re getting mighty close to parity.

Unleash the Dragon: Red Paddle Co. Announces Austria as Host of the 2nd Annual “Dragon World Championships”

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The undisputed leader in the world of inflatables, Red Paddle Co, has just announced the 2nd annual edition of its epic “Dragon” World Championship, an event dedicated to Red’s crazy, four-person behemoth of a paddleboard that’s helped reinvigorate the sport with its unique, team-oriented take on racing.

The 2018 Dragon “Worlds” will be held on Fuschlsee (Lake Fuschl) in the mountains of Austria from August 31-September 2, and you can watch the trailer above then hit up the official Dragon site for all the details.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say this is probably the most fun you’ll ever have on a paddleboard…

Arthur Arutkin, Susak Molinero Win the Paris Crossing as 700 Paddlers Brave Freezing Weather to Celebrate the Sport

Paris Crossing paddleboard race

In brief: France’s Arthur Arutkin and Spaniard Susak Molinero have won the world’s largest SUP race, as 700 paddlers braved zero-degree weather today to participate in the bucket list adventure that is the Paris Crossing.

Arthur won a photo finish with defending champ Bruno Hasulyo, while the Viking Casper Steinfath was just seconds behind. Susak was a clear winner in the women’s, with Frenchwoman Melanie Lafenetre claiming the runner-up spot.

But the real result from today’s race was the number of paddlers on the start line…   → READ MORE

Funnest Event of the Year: Here’s What You’re Missing at the Red Paddle Co “Dragon World Championships” on Barbados


One of the funnest races of the year is happening right now on Barbados: The Red Paddle Co Dragon World Championships. Sunday saw the qualifying round for the main event, the four-a-side race on the 22ft long “Dragon” boards, along with a fun little downwinder along the island’s white sandy coast.   → READ MORE

Dragon World Championships: One of the Funnest Races of the Year Is Happening This Weekend in Barbados

Red-Dragon-inflatable-boardOne of the funnest events of the year is happenings this weekend on the golden shores of Barbados, where the first annual Red Paddle Co “Dragon World Championships” will take place. Teams of four from around the world will battle for glory and bragging rights on these ridiculously-fun, 22ft long ‘Dragon’ boards.

Here’s a little glimpse we got of the Dragon at the GlaGla Race in France back in January (I expect we’ll see a few less wetsuits this weekend…). Follow Red Paddle Co on Instagram and Facebook to join the adventure over the next few days.   → READ MORE

Watch This Teaser of Our Red Paddle Co Adventure in Thailand

Thailand-Paddle-boarding-adventure-videoHere’s a little glimpse of our recent adventure through the islands of Thailand with Red Paddle Co.

It was such a fun week exploring with Rachel Cook, my old mate Nick and video man extraordinaire Taylor Fischer. I can’t wait to share the full edit with you soon, and I’m reeeally excited to go more paddling adventures this year (Iceland, perhaps?).   → READ MORE

Alpine Lakes Tour, Stage 2: The Teulade Brothers Dominate a “Very Flat Race” in France

Alpine-Lakes-Tour-paddleboarding-videoFollowing the massive success of the GlaGla race back in January, the second stage of the 2017 Alpine Lakes Tour took place on the weekend at Lake Aiguebelette (no, I can’t pronounce it either) in the French Alps.

Aiguebelette is a famously quiet lake in a nature reserve where the wind hardly blows and motorboats are forbidden, which makes for dead flat water conditions. It’s actually famous for its rowing events with the world championships taking place here a couple of years ago.    → READ MORE

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.   → READ MORE

Epic Drone Footage from the 350-Strong ‘GlaGla’ Race

GlaGla-paddleboard-race-FranceTake a look at this unreal footage from yesterday’s big GlaGla Race in the French Alps, where Martin Letourneur, Leo Nika and Olivia Piana led a field of over 300 paddlers around a very cold but very beautiful Lake Annecy.

The sight of hundreds of paddlers charging off the start line is absolutely amazing   → READ MORE

Watch: The Red ‘Dragon’ Unleashed in the French Alps

Red-Dragon-paddleboarding-videoCheck out this awesome drone footage from today’s GlaGla Race here in the French Alps, featuring the crazy 22ft inflatable from Red Paddle Co known as the Dragon.

In case you haven’t been following this story over the past few months, the ‘Dragon’ is a 22ft long behemoth that’s been designed for a unique style of teams racing.    → READ MORE

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.   → READ MORE

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.   → READ MORE

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.   → READ MORE

Awesome: Red Paddle Co Unleashes the 22 Foot “Dragon” Inflatable + Teams Racing League

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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.   → READ MORE