Tried several inflatable...
Tried several inflatable boards at try-out day and this was by far the best. Much stiffer and tracks in a straight line for longer so you don't have to switch paddle sides so much. Lots of really nice design features too that you don't get on other boards.
Really easy to paddle, which makes it a lot less work. Clever design features. Looks the business. Very high quality build and materials.
Mine is quite heavy but the new version is a lot lighter. Not so good in windy conditions.
The 12.6 race has been an...
The 12.6 race has been an outstanding inflatable sup board I river run with my 12.6 its super tough takes scrubs and bumps the regular fin box make it easy to go from deep water to shallow water with just a quick change of fin
Super tough smooth tracking
River running and touring
Bought this board middle...
Bought this board middle of last year, never suped before and tried out a lot of others before purchasing, including hard boards. Even done a few races against other inflatables and hard boards these are real fast. Took a little while to get used to it but their great. Even had it in 1 meter surf and it's awesome.
Real stiff, great buoyancy easy to use, very versatile.
Hard to get that last few PSI with the pump.
Racing, excercise, surf, touring.
Great gliding board, easy...
Great gliding board, easy to transport as is inflatable.
easy to balance with kids on it comfortably capable of surfing as well. Great all round board.
Easy beginner racer all round board.
Haven't found anything yet.
Racing , touring, exercise, surf.
In the chop, the board...
In the chop, the board handled quite well. No noticeable flex and was very stable. The breeze was nudging the nose around so once I found the ideal standing position, a balance between keeping the nose down for tracking but not plowing into every wave, it just up and went like a rocket. My feet were in line with the carry handle.
The next session on glassy flat water was a real eye opener. It’s been a while since I’ve ridden a board this fast. Holy cow, this thing flies. I adjusted my footing forward a little for the mirror ocean surface. This kept the nose just kissing the surface while eliminating all tail drag. The glide was exceptional and the tracking from the nose runner fin and large tail fin was keeping the board straight and true for upwards of double my normal paddle strokes per side. It plain and simple hauls ass!
I touched on this in earlier reviews regarding inflatable SUP thickness and the resultant roundish rail shape due to thickness. I find the thicker the board, the rounder the rails. On occasion I find that rounder rails have a more vague feeling in rougher conditions but that also creates a huge forgiving zone for board stability. The Red Paddle Co 12’6″ Race is no exception that while the board is thick for rigidity with rounder rails, it is surprisingly forgiving and stable. Like a numpty though, I fell off once, but only due to the exceptional tracking of the board. I was expecting it to go one way but it tracked so straight and was so stable, I overcompensated for the chop and fell off!
Incredible speed and tracking
Comfortable EVA deck and inflatable construction
Nose runner fin and removable or interchangeable US box style fin
Packs down into a wheeled travel bag
Bombproof inflatable construction
Cheaper than a carbon race board
It's a long board and gets pushed about by the wind and chop a little. (I ride on a usually not flat ocean).
Not a brilliant wave rider
Fraction heavier than a carbon race board
Cruising, tootling about.
Solid iSup. Needs a few...
Solid iSup. Needs a few tweaks and has some stability issues but all round a great board.
Very easy and quick to inflate. Very rigid. Comfortable backpack.
Quite tippy even when inflated to 18 psi. Nose can be sharper to avoid 'flapping' when paddling into the wind. Standing area pad could be wider to avoid standing on the edges.