Green Water Sports have published a guide to inflatable paddle board construction. Inflatable stand up paddle boards are especially interesting as they are very portable and you can easily check them in on flights, put them in the trunk of a car or store them easily in an apartment. Once you hit the beach, just inflate the board and you’re off paddling.
Introduced for the 2016 model year, Red Paddle Co developed a technology called MSL. Monocoque Structural Laminate or MSL is where the layers of a previously glued board are now heat laminated or fused together. Creating an exceptionally strong and stiff board, without the weight penalty or human error of glue. While MSL is the trademarked name, Fusion Construction is the general term to cover this style of inflatable SUP construction.
Adopted by several other inflatable paddle board manufacturers since, Fusion Construction has seen the popularity of inflatable SUPs boom. They are now an even more appealing option over traditional hard boards. Companies other than Red Paddle Co that have adopted Fusion Construction include: Starboard and Fanatic.
For the full write up of inflatable paddle board construction details, head over to Green Water Sports, the experts in all things inflatable paddle boards!