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So, you’ve decided which iSUP you want to buy, but then you might have to start thinking about which construction (if there’s a choice). This is a tricky decision that many paddlers face, so in this video we take a look at one of RRD’s most popular boards – the RRD 10’4”x 34”. A great size and shape board for mid to heavier weight riders wanting to get into SUP. We take a closer look at what the differences are between these two different constructions – the RRD AirSUP in the Prime construction and the AirEVO in the EVO construction. RRD have put a lot of work into both these boards with good quality materials and design. We’ve found this board comparison/review very interesting and it really shows how you can make an iSUP stiffer with extra materials and R&D.

RRD AirEVO 10’4” x34” 9kg €818
RRD AirSUP V3 10’4” x34” 11kg €1145
Board details:
  • Length        10′4
  • Width         34″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      275l
  • Fin set up  Single US box
  • Weight       9 – 11 kg
  • Rider size   70-120kg
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Read on for brand video, details and website www.robertoriccidesigns.com

AirSUP V3 Prime

The most wanted SUP range of our collection. This super friendly and allround orientated type of board glides smoothly on flat water and rides effortlessly in small surf, allowing you to enter a new dimension of excitement. Rocker and scoopline together with a perfect fin placement allow for a great experience of pleasure in an incredible variety of conditions.

Built with a new “ Sandwich Dyneema Belt “ that wraps the whole contour of the board on the deck and bottom as a stringer, the board becomes about 30% stiffer than any conventional inflatable board.

AirEVO 

It’s the real inflatable board for everyone.
Easy to be paddled and easy to be inflated and rolled up.
Thanks to its special lightweight technology with one middle HD PVC fabric stripe to increase stifness and a lightweight dropstitch body, the EVO SUP becomes the perfect choice for the family or for any type of use, from lakes to waves!

2018 Starboard Tikhine 11’2” wave design / £899

If you’re going to buy one all-round iSUP make sure it’s a good looking one! And they don’t come much better looking than this in 2018 – the Starboard Tikhine 11’2” is a stylish and yet practical iSUP. Being 11’2” x 32” it offers more glide than the shorter all-round mid 10′ iSUPs. And yet because of its 3 fixed fins its still a hard wearing board that will be perfect for family and friends to try out SUP for the first time. The shoulder carry strap makes it easy to carry even after you’ve inflated it. And one thing you can be certain is that this board will turn heads everywhere you go!

Board details:
  • Length        11′2”
  • Width         32″
  • Thickness   4.75″
  • Volume      261l
  • Fin set up  3 fixed fins
  • Weight       10.9 kg
  • Rider size   50-95kg
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Read on for brand video, details and website www.starboardsup.com

  • Amazing artwork and inspiration. 
  • Shoulder Carry Strap making them effortless to carry to the water.
  • Tail carry handle. Can be converted to a paddle holder, one of many Starboard innovations.

The new Tikhine lines featuring custom artwork from Sonni Hönscheid and David Carson with 3 art options available.

11’2″ x 32″ Tikhine This great shape blends nice glide with good stability. Suitable for day trips, yoga sessions and fitness workouts. The increased waterline and higher volume makes the 11’2″ x 32″ a top Tikhine choice for riders above 100 kg.

10’2″ x 31″ Tikhine This fun compact board’s wide tail makes it easy to step back and make quick fun turns. The glide sensation of the very light hull makes it a top choice for riders below 90 kg.

  • Target rider: The perfect inflatable introduction for first time paddlers and riders who want style.
  • Key features: Built in shoulder strap, paddle holder and bungee tie-downs on the nose.

Riber 290 9′6” x 27.5” / £289

In this SUPboarder review we look at the Riber 290, the smallest inflatable SUP in the Riber range and the cheapest too. At £289 you get alot of board for your money, but this board will not suit everyone. The Riber 290 is definitely a board for the lighter riders – sub 75kg. Being a relatively narrow board at 27.5” wide it offers lighter paddlers a board that glides well on the water. Riber also do a Unicorn and Jolly Roger edition in the same size for the kids.

Board details:
  • Length        9’6”
  • Width         27.5″
  • Thickness   4″
  • Fin set up   Easy slide-in and removable center fin
  • Weight       7 kg
  • Rider size   30-75kg

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Read on for brand details and website – www.riberproducts.com

Sandbanks SUP Style 10’5” Ultimate SR / £499-£599

In this SUPboarder review we take a look at a board from a small family run SUP business in south Dorset – Sandbanks SUP Style, started back in 2014. This is Sandbanks SUP Style’s newest inflatable SUP – the 10’5” Ultimate SR. The Ultimate SR is the perfect size for entry level paddlers wanting a fun and stable board for all-round paddling. Sandbanks SUP Style offer this board as a package, at two very competitive price points. £499 with an aluminium 3 piece paddle or £599 with a carbon 3 piece paddle.

Sandbanks SUP Style

  • Length        10’5”
  • Width         32″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Fin set up   US box center fin x 2 mini side PVC fins
  • Weight       9 kg
  • Rider size   60-115kg

Sandbanks SUP Style

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Visit Sandbanks SUP Style’s website here :  www.sandbankssupstyle.com

 

Aqua Marina Magma 10′10” x 30” / $489

In this SUPboarder review we look at another cheaper price point SUP from Aqua Marina. The Aqua Marina Magma 10’10” is 30′ wide so will suit light to mid-weight paddlers wanting more of a board for themselves, rather than a family and friends board like the Aqua Marina Beast at 32” wide. This board will take you places and get you into some small waves too.

Board details:
  • Length        10”10′
  • Width         30″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      290l
  • Fin set up   Easy slide-in and removable center fin
  • Weight       9.1 kg
  • Rider size   50-85kg

Read on for brand video, details and website www.aquamarina.com

Character and Style
Drifting down the river, can become effortless effort, where nature does most of the work, while the rider simply guides the board, taking the occasional steering stroke to keep the board headed in the right direction. Similar to Fusion, the Magma is simply a cruising and surfing version, which still offers high level of functionality. Highlights – the 4cm kicker-pad for step back confidence and control.  Like the Fusion, it features stunning graphics, and inspired from the Octopus, the beautiful hand-made print is designed to enhance and elevate the riders experience and love of the board.

● Utilizing premium Drop Stitch core material technology, ensures super lightweight, durability and stiffness.
● Double rail construction with 1000 Denier extra rail band reinforcement
● SuperTough Dual Stringer (STDS) technology. 1000 Denier center stringer for additional stiffness and rigidity.
● Full deck and base quality graphic printing and rail design for superior optics.
● Highly efficient shape for cursing and exploring
● New! Action camera Mount Kit include mount base and extend boom
● Center board carry handle
● Fins: Easy slide-in and removable center fin
● Stainless steel leash-ring on the deck at the tail
● Integrated cargo D-ring with elastic straps
● Tail kick pad for critical bottom turns and cutbacks
● Optimum air pressure in all conditions, up to 15psi

When it comes to buying an iSUP the choices are vast. And if you are looking at getting on the water for as cheap as possible it can be even harder to know which board is best for the money. Just remember that the cheapest isn’t always the best!
After testing and using hundreds of iSUPs we have put together all the things we have learnt when we’ve been looking at and using iSUPs. In general you do get what you pay for when it comes to iSUPs and their packages, but to be fair in 2018 we have been seeing many good value iSUPs that will get you on the water for a really good price. Hopefully by the end of this video you will have all the information you need to ensure you and your friends get a good SUP for your money.

Riber 295 9′8” x 30 3/4” / £389

In this SUPboarder review we are looking at the Riber 295 inflatable SUP. The 295 or 9’8” iSUP is perfect for beginner, mid-weight paddlers up to 80-85kg. The finish and fittings are the same as the bigger Riber 335 we tested a few weeks ago. This smaller board in the range will best suit mid-size paddlers wanting an all-round board to get into the sport at a very good price.

Riber-295Board details:
  • Length        9’8”
  • Width         30 3/4″
  • Thickness   4″
  • Fin set up   Easy slide-in and removable center fin
  • Weight       8.4 kg
  • Rider size   50-85kg
Read on for brand details and website – www.riberproducts.com

Riber SUP 295

2018 JP Australia AllroundAir 10’6” WindSurf-SUP, Superior Edition / £1099

The JP Australia AllroundAir is an inflatable beginner board that really does it all. At 10’6”x 32” it’s the perfect size for most paddlers getting into SUP for the first time. This board is JP’s superior edition, so it has the strongest construction in the range, and it also comes with good quality fittings and a very comfortable backpack. All this makes the JP Australia AllroundAir a great all-round board for beginners. The icing on the cake is that you can windsurf it too… Epic!

Board details:
  • Length        10′6”
  • Width         32″
  • Thickness   5″
  • Volume      256l
  • Fin set up  2x US centre boxes (9’&10′ fins)
  • Weight       9 kg
  • Rider size   60-110kg

Other sizes in board range;
Superior Edition
10’6” x 32″ = 256L SE
10’6” x 32″ = 256L SE,WS
11’x 34″ = 285L SE

Light Edition
10’6” x 32″ = 256L LE
10’6” x 32″ = 256L LE
11’x 34″ = 285L LE,WS

Light Economy
10’6” x 32″ = 256L LEC

Read on for brand details, videos and website – JP Australia

ALL ROUND – FOR ALL

Narrower nose allows for minimal push of the water in the front, resulting in a faster glide with each paddle stroke. The parallel outline ensures great traction and less paddle-hand changes. This also brings another advantage – a wider tail that significantly improves stability of the board. The two sizes will cover the widest range of average paddler’s needs; from absolute beginners to those taking first white water runs, from beginner surfers to yoga enthusiasts. Choose one of the two models with the windsurfing option to double the potential of these great boards.
The AllroundAir 10’6” x 32” is also available in Light Economy. The WS models come with an additional 10” center fin and a windsurfing mast plug.

All the AllroundAirs feature a bungee rope on the nose

Mast plug to attach windsurfing rig, center fin and the center fin box only come with boards with windsurf option – WS.

The Superior Edition offers all the technical features of the Superior Stringer edition except for the stringer itself. The boards are therefore extremely durable, light and very stiff.

The 3 pre-laminated composite layers consist of 2 airtight PVC sheets bonded to a Polyester 1000D fabric to create one super strong shell. This shell is then machine laminated directly onto the 500D Polyester Drop Stitch fabric. The pre-lamination and the composite structure give you an unmatched weight/stiffness/durability ratio for inflatable SUPs.

  1. Layer #1: The first PVC layer makes sure your JP inflatable is 100% airtight.
  2. Layer #2: This Polyester 1000D fabric in combination with the layers 1 and 3 creates a super durable composite stretch-resistant structure.
  3. Layer #3: The top PVC layer locks the fabric for ultimate in durability and stiffness. Oh yes, and it gives your SUP its color.
  4. Rail Layer #1: This polyester fabric reinforced PVC rail band connects the top and bottom pre-laminated triple layers.
  5. Rail Layer #2: This additional polyester fabric reinforced PVC rail band makes sure that your SUP is 100% sealed and very durable.

 

RRD Avant 30% Carbon Adjustable paddle / RRP €248

If you’re looking for an adjustable paddle with a bit more class, then the stylish RRD Avant 30 Carbon adjustable paddle would be a good paddle to look at. Easy to use and stable in the water, it would suit a wide range of paddlers. Available in two types – the 2 piece adjustable paddle which we review here and the 3 piece paddle that would be great for the travelling iSUP paddlers.

Read on for brand video, details and website www.robertoriccidesigns.com

The AVANT PADDLE series is characterized by a special 2 block clamp system. Available in 30% carbon in standard adjustable or as 3 pieces. The full glass shaft is adjustable from the length of 174 cm to 220 cm.

The paddle blade has been thoughtfully designed to maximize all four phases of the stroke, especially when the paddle is pulled at the standing area. The ergonomic handle gives the best grip possible while the small surface of the blade is great for paddling at a higher stroke rate; losing less power during long stand up paddling sessions.

Riber 335 11′ x 33” / £489

With summer in full swing we have another inflatable SUP to get a beginner on the water. The Riber 335 or 11′ as we call it, is a great size board at 33” wide offering a very stable board for riders up to 120kg in weight. And at £489 it’s a good price too. Riber sell this board with a pump and repair kit, but offer paddles and bags at a very competitive price allowing you to build your perfect paddle package.

Riber 335Board details:
  • Length        11”
  • Width         33″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Fin set up   Easy slide-in and removable center fin
  • Weight       10.4 kg
  • Rider size   60-120kg

Read on for brand details, demos and website – www.riberproducts.com

Riber Products LTD are excited to announce their summer open day, coming soon on the weekend of 14th-15thJuly to their store in Clay Cross, Chesterfield.

A family business which design and manufacture a variety of products, Riber aim to offer high quality items at incredible value. Their summer open day is an excellent opportunity to see the 2018 range of boats, paddleboards and accessories. Entry is free and the shop will be open from 9-5 Saturday, 10-4 Sunday.

Have you ever wanted to try before you buy? Riber have custom built a GIANT inflatable pool so that you can have a go at testing the SUP of your choice. With 10% off everything, this is a great affordable way to get into the sport.

Delicious sausages, burgers and more will be available all weekend thanks to Tasty Trotter, guaranteeing the event will be an enjoyable day out for all the family!

 

The idea of paddling with more than one person on a SUP is still a very new concept for many of us. But as soon as we saw the new Red Paddle Co Tandem board earlier this year,  a joint adventure paddle was on our SUP bucket list for sure! Myself and Reuben were all setup for a childfree weekend SUP adventure away, camping on the beach etc… but unfortunately the weather had other ideas and made us have to rethink our  Red Tandem adventure plans.

This is the video blog of the paddle we recently did with our 4 year daughter in Cornwall, UK – ‘One board, one family & one micro adventure.’ It wasn’t the long weekend SUP adventure we had initially planned but it was great fun all the same. Paddling to a beautiful remote spot only assessable by water was amazing. And being able to enjoy it together as a family on one board was even better…

Our overview of the Red Paddle Co Tandem

As soon as we saw the Tandem we were keen to give it a try, but weren’t convinced about the idea of paddling together. Would we still be talking to each other at the end of it?!!! And a board can’t be that stable can it? But we soon got the feel of the board and after just 5mins on the water we were off paddling comfortably together as a family of 3. It was a great feeling being able to chat and share our experiences without having to shout across the water and ruin the moment we set-out to enjoy. As Reuben mentions in the blog the stability of the board is unreal and this is something that we didn’t expect. It almost feels like the more weight you put on the board the more stable it becomes.

“For a family or a couple the Red Tandem is a great paddling experience that will have you enjoying the social side of SUP even more…  smiles all round.”

Words : Lucy Ellis

The Red Paddle Co Tandem 15′ / Package prices from £1649

Board details:
  • Length        15”
  • Width         34″
  • Thickness   8″
  • Fin set up   US box center fin
  • Rider size   up to 3

View the paddle on GeoSUP here : www.geosup.com/app

Read on for brand video, details and website www.redpaddleco.com

LIGHTWEIGHT BUT STRONG

MSL fusioncomposite and airtight coating, MSL involves fusing a second layer of hard-wearing polymer to the dropstitch core at the raw material stage, removing hand gluing errors. The high-tech industrial process saves almost 2kg in weight whilst making the boards stiffer at lower pressures. With our third generation of MSL material now in use, our boards are more durable than ever, if you don’t believe us then check out this videoof us driving a 22 tonne digger over it!

TITAN – THE KING OF PUMPS

When you unpack your Red Paddle Co board for the first time, inside you’ll find the lightweight Titan pump. It’s the world’s best SUP pump and was created by our expert engineers to make inflating your board a cinch. The secret is in the dual-chamber system and high-flow handle, which pumps air into your board at up to 60mph, ensuring it inflates to the recommended pressure level while using less of your energy. The tandem is also supplied with our classic HP Pump so you can share the load of pumping and both keep going until you have reached the desired pressure.

BAG IT UP

Our Red Original All Terrain Backpack is a perfect travel partner for paddleboarders everywhere. Enhanced for 2018, it’s now more comfortable to carry thanks to improved straps (which are also easier to stow), while the red detailing adds a stylish, contemporary feel. Find out moreHere

ADD YOUR ACCESSORIES

The Voyager Tandem comes fitted with two special fixings that are compatible with Railblaza and Ram Mounts products, enabling you to securely attach a mobile phone, action camera, your paddle when you’re taking a dip, or even a fishing rod.