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The words SUP Touring can mean many things when it comes to types and shapes of SUP boards. But for us the Starboard Touring Deluxe 12’6” epitomises what a real touring iSUP should do. The Deluxe Touring board can carry lots of weight and is shaped for easy paddling and good speed. And having Starboard’s Double Chamber technology in it too, makes the board the safest inflatable board the market has ever seen… good job Starboard!

2018 Starboard Touring Deluxe 12’6” / £1175
Board details:
  • Length        12′6”
  • Width         31″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      321l
  • Fin set up  Single US box
  • Weight       12.2 kg
  • Rider size   60-110kg

Other sizes in board range;
14′ x 31″ = 354L
11′6′ x 30″ = 299L

Find out more about GeoSUP the paddling app here : www.geosup.com

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Fast, stable and amazing glide.

  • Perfect shape for cruising and exploring.
  • Features packed with bungee tie down, FCS insert, Scotty Mounts and Star Mount.

14’0″ x 31″ Touring A fast stable outline with the longest  glide. Equipped with two bungee tie-downs and two FCS inserts.

12’6″ x 31″ Touring A highly efficient shape for cruising and exploring with good glide to cover distance.

11’6″ x 30″ Touring The shorter length is easier and more manageable to maneuver.

The inflatable Touring board is the explorer’s favorite transportation.

  • Target rider: up to 120 kg explorers.
  • Key features: Scotty mounts (only on 14’0″),FCS and Star Mount and bungee tie-downs to pack your gear for the next adventure.

 

Red Paddle Co is definitely one of the worlds biggest iSUP brands, and many of their paddlers would say the best too. They have been making high quality inflatable SUPs since 2008. And now in their 10th year they have launched their Red Original range of accessories to go alongside their top end SUP board range.

From drinks bottles to dry cool bags they have brought out a great range of quality products to suit every paddler and their needs.

Read more about the Red Original range on their website here : redoriginal.com

In this SUPboarder comparison board review we look at two of RRD’s small advanced shaped surf SUPs – the RRD iWave 7’7” and the RRD COTAN 6’11”. 
We put these two boards head to head to see what two boards of very similar size but completely different shape, feel like in lots of different conditions, and who they would best suit.

2018 RRD COTAN 6’11” x 27” Pro Model V2 / €1999
Board details:
  • Length        6’1”
  • Width         27”
  • Thickness   4”
  • Volume      98l
  • Fin set up  5 Future fin boxes
  • Weight       6 kg
  • Rider size    50-78kg
  • Rider ability Intermediate / Advance

Other sizes in board range;
7′6” x   28″ = 110L
7′11” x 29″ = 121L (Watch SUPboarder review)
7′11” x 31″ = 129L Wide model

2018 RRD iWAVE 7’7” x 27” Pro Model V2 / €2017
Board details:
  • Length        7’7”
  • Width         27”
  • Thickness   3 3/4”
  • Volume      89l
  • Fin set up  5 Future fin boxes
  • Weight       5 kg
  • Rider size    50-78kg
  • Rider ability  Advance

Other sizes in board range;
7′5” x 26″ = 81L
8′   x 28″ = 102L
8′4” x 29″ = 116L

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

COTAN


As the development of this special shape on surfboard and kiteboard designs has taken off, proving it works great (up to the point that some riders only ride this type of C.O.T.A.N. shapes), it was time to develop a specific board line also for SUP. Two new shapes that will increase your stoke for supping in waves! Available in the Classic construction. Bamboo sandwich stepping area and superlight composite carry handle box. The C.o.t.a.n. pro and classic features two possible fins setup combination thruster-fins or quad fins.

iWAVE


4 x new shapes for expert level only, used worldwide by advanced riders that want to push the boundaries of the sport or compete as professionals. The shapes and construction technologies keep evolving depending on the latest trends on sup wave riding, and the I wave V2s represent the latest status quo of the sports’ evolution.

Technology:

Available in full LTD technology with Vectra Carbon fabric on CNC Eps core, finished with matt pro speed paint and Carbon net layup top and bottom. Bamboo sandwich stepping area and a superlight composite carry handle box.

Starboard Touring 14′ x 30” Pine Tek / £1925

In this SUPboarder review we look at the mother of all hard (composite) touring boards – The Starboard Touring 14′. It’s a long touring board offering a massive amount of glide and space, allowing you to carry plenty of gear to last you a while off the beaten track. And as well as touring this board could be a great 14 foot racer at the weekends too!

Starboard Touring 14Board details:
  • Length        14”
  • Width         30″
  • Thickness   7.2″
  • Volume      290l
  • Fin set up  US box and Dol fin 22
  • Weight       15.9 kg
  • Rider size   60-120kg

Other sizes in board range;
12’6”  x  31” = 284L
12’6”  x  29” = 274L
11’6”  x  29″ = 245L
10′      x  29″ = 211L
11’6”  x  29″ = 245L Paddle for hope

Starboard Touring 14

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

  • Fast and stable designs. With great tracking.
  • Shaped thicker. To create more pop and acceleration.
  • Mono Concave bottom. For that light feel through the water.

14’0″ x 30″ TOURING Longest length with the fastest glide and best tracking for riders up to 120 kg.

12’6″ x 31″ TOURING The most stable and widest design for heavier riders up to 110 kg.

12’6″ x 29″ TOURING Balances speed and stability offering the most efficient glide for riders up to 100 kg.

11’6″ x 29″ TOURING Covers distance quickly and offers added maneuverability for lighter weight riders up to 90 kg.

10’0″ x 29″ TOURING Shortest length provides maximum maneuverability and portability for lightweight riders up to 80 kg.

11‘6″ x 29″ PADDLE FOR HOPE Inspired by Karen Horen. Karen uses this great gliding and stable board as a part of a SUP rehabilitation program for people recovering from cancer.

  • Target rider: Suited for all skill levels that want the fastest glide to paddle distances quickly with comfortable stability and the option to carry gear along the journey.
  • Construction: Available in Pine Tek, Starlite and Starshot. The 11’6″ x 29″ is also available in Paddle for Hope version.
  • Performance: Exceptional glide from a hull based on the new world champion All Star design. The added rail volume provides unique balance and flotation to carry gear and supplies The board pops up nicely on downwind runs, providing great glide.
  • Key features: Deep center channel, boxy rails and flat side panes. Star Mount to adapt your SUP with a full range of accessories. Bungee tie-downs and FCS mount.
  • Fins: Supplied with US fin box. Single fin setup provided with Balsa Core fins for Pine Tek and Starlite and Black plastic injection molded fin for Starshot and Paddle for hope.
  • Conditions: Hull design and outline excels on flat-water yet volume placement enhances the performance for both upwind and light downwind chop.

 

Shark SUP Nurse Shark 15’2” x 36” / £799 – $1089

We it comes to fun on the water multi person SUPs like the Shark SUP Nurse Shark are great for families and friends. The Shark SUP Nurse is great for the whole family, with a clear viewing window that keeps even the smallest passengers paddling!

Shark SUPs Nurse SharkBoard details:
  • Length        15′2”
  • Width         36″
  • Thickness   8″
  • Volume      650l
  • Fin set up  2+1 / PVC side fins and plastic slot box centre fin
  • Weight       14 kg
  • Paddlers   1-3 paddlers

Shark SUP Nurse Shark

For more information about the Shark SUPs Nurse Shark 15’2” check out the Shark SUPs website here.

So, when it comes to racing a hard board is always going to be fastest… right?! Well yes (at the moment!) but with the new Starboard All Star and its patent pending Airline design coming on all their inflatable race boards, it looks like Starboard are closing the gap between carbon and air. In this video we look at the 18′ Starboard Airline and the 14′ Starboard Airline All Star, and compare them to the 14′ All Star Carbon Sandwich board.

2018 Starboard Airline All Star 14′ x 28” / £1299
Board details:
  • Length        14′
  • Width         28″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      345l
  • Fin set up  Single US box
  • Weight       12 kg
  • Rider size   60-115kg

2018 Starboard Airline All Star 18′ x 27” / £1399
Starboard Airline All Star Vs Carbon All StarBoard details:
  • Length        18′
  • Width         27″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      384l
  • Fin set up  Single US box
  • Weight       13 kg
  • Rider size   60-140kg

Other sizes in board range;
14′ x 28″ = 345L Downwind
14′ x 26″ = 320L
14′ x 24″ = 301L
12’6”x 27″ = 299L

View the sprint data on GeoSUP here : www.geosup.com

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

18’0″ x 27″ All Star Unlimited Flatwater. Jump on board and be amazed. The 18’0″ x 27″ flat water board simply is the quickest way to get from A to B and it all packs up into a small bag. With the Airline tech, the long inflatable hull maintains rigidity and the fin is positioned far forward to help turning.

14’0″ x 28″ All Star Downwind. The perfect solution for those wanting a downwind race board that’s fast and easy to travel with. 28″ width offers extra stability and control in choppy ocean conditions, while the curved rocker with raised nose kick prevents the nose from diving when connecting bumps.

14’0″ x 28″ All Star. Widest outline provides added stability so the rider can reserve energy from balancing and instead use it to maximize paddle power. The wider outline gives extra control in choppy conditions, while the flat rocker maximizes glide for the fastest speed on flats.

14’0″ x 26″ All Star A popular size for many riders that gives enough stability to be in control when conditions get choppy, yet fast and slippery to cover distances quickly. With the extra stiffness and rigidity from the Airline system coupled with the lightweight technology, this board will make you question a hard board.

14’0″ x 24″ All Star Extra fast from the narrow outline. Insanely lightweight and now incredibly stiff from the Airline technology, the 24″ is the real companion for any serious racer. Narrow width is designed for lighter and higher skilled riders that want the fastest speed from the reduced wet area.

12’6″ x 27″ All Star New 27″ width has a slightly wider nose for extra pop in choppy water and wider tail for greater control and stability when buoy turning. Twin stringers on the deck combined with the Airline Technology creates the fastest and smoothest glide ever.

 

For over 10 years Red Paddle Co have been making inflatable SUPs. And you can see that 10 years worth of RnD and quality control has gone into the new Red Paddle Co Ride range. In this SUPboarder comparison video we look at 3 of Red Paddle Co’s most popular boards – the Ride 9’8”, 10’6” and 10’8”, and we talk about the changes for this year and who the boards will be best suited for.

Red Paddle Co Ride 10’8” / £899

Red Paddle Co Ride 2018 range

Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6” / £849

Red Paddle Co Ride 2018 range

Red Paddle Co Ride 9’8” / £849

Red Paddle Co Ride 2018 range

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

Our award-winning Ride boards are bestsellers, offering fantastic versatility and boasting unrivalled quality, innovation and design. Designed for use across a wide range of conditions, by all kinds of riders. The shorter models are better suited to surf conditions, while the longer wider models are aimed at the bigger paddler or at families who will be paddling together on one board.

9’8″ Ride MSL

Who’s it for? Perfect for lighter riders who want a versatile board for every circumstance and also for heavier riders for surfing.

10’6″ Ride MSL

Who’s it for? A swiss army knife board – it can be used by almost any rider for any purpose.

10’8″ Ride MSL

Who’s it for? Versatile SUP suited better for bigger riders and great for taking passengers

Fanatic Stubby Foil 8’7”Foil edition / £1649 Board / £899 S1 Foil

One board that does it all?… It’s a hard thing to ask for from a board, but having a board you can SUP surf, SUP Foil and windsurf Foil definitely sounds like a value for money product.

When it comes to foiling, by using a good foil such as the Fanatic S1 you can surf on pretty much anything (as many youtube videos show us!) But the Stubby isn’t just anything! The Fanatic Stubby is an outstanding shaped board that surfs so well you will be happy to leave the foil on the beach until the waves crap out. The fact you can windsurf it as well just brings even more fun to a day at the beach!

Fanatic-SUP-foil-stubbyBoard details:
  • Length        8′7”
  • Width         29.25″
  • Thickness   4″ approx
  • Volume      120l
  • Fin set up  3 x Multi box (5” fins) / Double US box foil attachment
  • Weight       9.1 kg
  • Rider size   50-95kg
(All ratings/sliders are for board only)

Other sizes in board range;
7′10”  x 28.5” = 95L

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The new Stubby Foil Edition adds another dimension to our parallel rail shape. Fly above any ripple or dig your rails deep in a clean wall – you decide on the setup you ride.

Our Stubby Foil Edition comes in the same shape as our Stubby LTD and offers the same easy and controlled flow if you decide to ride your regular Thruster fins.
Once you change to Foil, our Stubby Foil Edition – available in 7’10” and 8’7” – creates a whole new dynamic. Catch waves of any size way before they hit the reef and ride them with new lines and a totally different approach. Our adjustable system with two longer tracks allows the use of different foils and finding their individual sweet spot. Additionally we equipped the Stubby Foil with strap inserts for optional Windsurf-Foiling. The greatest variety of multisport-use combined in one package.

2018 JP Australia Surf Slate 8’10” x 31” Wood Edition / £1449

The JP Australia Surf Slate is a completely new shape for 2018, and the 8’10” is the biggest board in their range. Offering 147L  in volume this board is stable and yet relatively fast for its size. The Surf Slate is going to offer intermediate surfers weighing 75-100kg easy surfing and lots of fun in small to moderate size waves.

Board details:
  • Length        8′10”
  • Width         31″
  • Thickness   4.5″
  • Volume      147l (or 145L as stated online!)
  • Fin set up  5 FCS boxes, can be used as a quad 4 or thruster 3 setup
  • Weight       9.6 kg
  • Rider size   75-100kg

Other sizes in board range;
7′4”  x 26.5” = 95L
7’8”   x 29″ = 111L
8’2”x 30″ = 128L
11’2”x 32″ = 198L

For more information on the JP Australia Surf Slate range visit JP’s website here : JP Australia

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SIC RS 14′ Carbon composite / £2755

In this SUPboarder review we look at the 2018 SIC RS 14′. The RS is a 14′ all water raceboard that has a very simple, subtle shape compared to other top boards on the market. The smooth lines and curves make this board fast in a wide range of conditions. A board that an intermediate to advanced mid weight paddler will love.

Board details:
  • Length        14′
  • Width         26″
  • Volume      306l
  • Fin set up  US box and 8.3′ 12k carbon race fin
  • Weight       11.9 kg
  • Rider size   100kg & under

Other sizes in board range;
12’6 x 23.5”
12’6 x 25”
12’6 x 27”
14′ x 23”
14 x 24.5”
14′ x 28”

For more information on the SIC RS range visit SIC’s website here : SICmaui

Check out the GeoSUP tracks of the test paddlers here :
Reuben’s GeoSUP paddle
Will’s GeoSUP paddle

Hatha Nino 8′ kids iSUP package £475

In this SUPboarder review we look at a kids SUP. The Hatha Nino is an 8′ iSUP that is specifically designed for the small people. From the UK based brand Hatha, this SUP package is very well made and at a very good price. A great SUP package to get the next generation SUPing.

Board details:
  • Length        8′
  • Width        28″
  • Thickness   4.75″
  • Volume      166l
  • Fin set up  3 PVC fins
  • Weight       9.9 kg
  • Rider size   up-to 75kg

Hatha Nino 8' review

Hatha Nino 8' reviewFor more information on the Nino visit Hatha’s website here : www.hathaboards.co.uk

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Quroc All Water 12’6″ Touring iSUP package £749

After reviewing the Crossover 10’6” from Quroc last year we take a look at the new Quroc All Water 12’6”. The All Water is a great board for paddlers wanting to paddle faster or go exploring new locations with a bit more equipment on board. At £749 with a carbon 3 piece paddle, Gri pump and bag it’s great value from the up and coming brand Quroc.

Board details:
  • Length        12′6”
  • Width         31″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      265l
  • Fin set up  US box FCS 9 Touring Fin
  • Weight       9.5 kg
  • Rider size   50-05kg + 20kg of bag/gear weight
  • Deflection  14mm

Quroc All WaterFor more information on the All Water visit Quroc’s website here : Qurocpaddleboards.co.uk

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If you want more information about this board check out the SUPboarder Pro video of this board where we compare this board to other equivalent boards on the market. Also with SUPboarder Pro you can ask us direct questions about the product and any other products, to guarantee you get the right advice to help you make the correct board choice. Find out more about SUPboarder Pro here : www.supboardermag.com/pro 
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