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Which inflatable paddle board is best to complement your kite gear

Stand up paddle boarding is a great way to keep active and fit if the wind is not playing ball. Inflatable paddle boards are especially practical as they deflate and roll up to the size of about 2 kites. This make travelling with a board easy and means you can get on the water if even the wind doesn’t blow.

For general and all round use, and for paddlers of average size we recommend the following 3 boards:

Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride

If you could only ever have one paddle board, the Red Paddle Co 10’6” Ride is the one to get – it’s the world’s most popular inflatable SUP and continues to win numerous consumer and industry awards.

Fanatic 10’4″ Fly Air

The 2019 Fanatic Fly Air 10’4″ is a versatile all round/general use board with quality features and attention to detail at an excellent price. The Fly Air range from Fanatic SUP are the ultimate boards that everyone can enjoy.

Starboard 10′ iGO Zen

The 2019 Starboard Inflatable 10′ x 33″ iGO Zen, an evolution of the 10′ x 35″ Whopper, is an extremely versatile board for cruising, yoga, fitness and surfing small waves.

For general and all round use, and for larger paddlers we recommend the following 3 boards:

Red Paddle Co 10’8″ Ride

The Ride family is Red Paddle Co’s most versatile range, but they know that larger riders often look for a board offering more stability, which is where the Red Paddle Co 10’8″ Ride comes in.

Fanatic 10’8″ Fly Air Premium

The 2019 Fanatic Fly Air Premium 10’8″ is a super stable all round board with great features and attention to detail.

Starboard 10’8″ iGO Deluxe DC

The 2019 Starboard Inflatable 10’8″ x 33″ iGO Deluxe is a popular entry-level size, perfect for beginners and paddlers that want one board that does it all. The 10’8″ iGO is ideal for riders up to 120kg.

So there you have, a selection of faulty toys to complement your kiting passion. See you on the water, wind or no wind!

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A guide to inflatable stand up paddle board construction

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!

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Which inflatable SUP pump is best?

On days with no wind, I usually head out to paddle board. While I head to the water with my board, when I encounter people on the beach or other kiters trying to pass the time waiting for the wind, the first question I’m asked when I head out to paddle board is “Where did you get that, and how much is it?” Well, I explain where to get one and how much they cost and then I go into how it is an inflatable paddle board and it packs down into a small bag. They usually take another look at me with a “really?” and then the board and they realise it does look a bit different to the other boards, it does have a valve for inflation. Then the next question is, right after they feel the board and how tight it is inflated is, how long does it take to pump up?

Well I go into a quick explanation of “it takes about 4-8 minutes depending on the board and volume etc, and yes you can use an electric pump if you’re lazy.” Anyway, aside from the personal joy I get from announcing it is inflatable and singing the boards praises for practicality and performance, and them trying to think when they’ll be getting theirs, I am a big fan of manually inflating boards. Electric pumps have their place, but if you want quick inflation with high pressure, there is no better pump than the inflatable SUP pump made by Red Paddle Co.

In mid 2015, Red Paddle Co, introduced the Titan Pump. A double chamber pump that inflates a board twice as quickly with half the effort. I’ll let Green Water Sports take it over from here, they are the Red Paddle Co and inflatable stand up paddle board experts. Read their article on how the Red Paddle Co Titan Pump works.