The smallest of the Ride family is the 9’8” Ride, an inflatable SUP designed for all-round usage for lighter riders. You’ll get the best out of it if you’re under 70kg/155lb, but that doesn’t exclude heavier riders. In fact, for heavier riders, the 9’8” makes a great surf shape. Key to the 9’8″ Ride’s versatility are its dimensions. It’s 787mm/31” wide and 100mm/3.93” thick, which makes it a stable but maneuverable board. It’s a great board for beginners, but because it’s been stiffened with RSS battens, it delivers a fantastic experience for more advanced riders, too. The 9’8” Ride also has a six point cargo tie-down system to carry bags and clothing on longer journeys. As an inflatable board it also packs down into our all terrain backpack making it easy to transport and store.
Read and submit reviews for the 9'8" Ride MSL.
MSL fusion composite and airtight coating
I recently bought this board after much research and deliberation. I currently have a 10'6" epoxy which is great for flat-water cruising but a bit too big for local surfing (SoCal dumpy beach breaks). I really wanted a board I could bring with me as I travel frequently overseas and the quality of Red finally won me over.
What I LOVE: - The look and feel of the board. The RSS system allows for thinner rails which makes surfing possible. Still can’t do true top-to-bottoms or cutbacks as on a hardboard but this is the closest currently possible - The pump is great and makes short work of getting the board up to 25 psi - The bag is the best on the market hands-down - The quality. This is a premium board and the top-notch quality is evident throughout
What I would change: - I wish the fin system could be modified. Even the ability to just change the center fin would be a huge plus. Ideally they would come up with a system with a center fin box and the option for either a 4 + 1 or 2 + 1 using FCS or futures - At top speed paddling for a wave, it tends to lose it’s tracking. Again, a modifiable fin-configuration system could help - A bit more rocker in the nose would help with late drops. Not critical for a good point-break, but in sloppy dumpy beach break it would definitely help
All-in-all, I am beyond stoked with this board and am certain it will last for many years.