In this SUPboarder review we look at one of the newest boards from the UK based SUP company Hatha. The Hatha Aura is an all round yoga/fitness board. At the competitive package price point of £625 including a 3 piece glass paddle, the Hatha Aura would be a great board for a beginner all round paddler wanting to get into SUP and take to the water to do some yoga and fitness too. A good looking inflatable SUP that show cases the brand Hatha at their best.
Fin set up 2+1 (Single US box and 2 mini side fins)
Meet the Aura and take your fitness outdoors. The Aura boasts a full length deck pad with a discreet visual alignment guide to maintain the perfect position. The 10 inch FCS ii connect fin makes getting onto the water even easier. This is our first board in our range to boast our “TFT” Thermo Fusion Technology making the board both lighter and stronger. It is constructed using our premium Military grade PVC making it extremely durable.
The Aura is packed with features, including front D-rings that perfectly align with the Hatha docking station. Front and rear paddle holders will keep your paddle safe and out of the way. As the Aura has no central carry handle so we have developed the Cario System which is a unique padded shoulder strap which attaches to the side of the board leaving your hands free! (patent pending).
Included is a three piece adjustable composite paddle with double locking clips and also stainless steel locking pins to minimise any twisting. It has a rubber ABS edge to the blade to protect your paddle as well as your board.
Also included is a colour coded heavy duty wheeled bag packed with features, including shoulder and waist straps, internal pockets, large front zip and a secret pouch to tuck away the shoulder straps when not needed. There is a double pump and a robust 10’ coiled leash inside the box.
In Trevor Tunnington’s previous video he was paddling in Iceland with icebergs, whales, and waterfalls. Now he has moved on to the stunning Lofoten Islands in Norway, as well as Arendal and Oslo. Trevor really is doing it all… paddling frozen lakes, surfing the new Starboard All Star Airline and hitting the white water rapids. Another inspiring watch which not only adds Norway to our SUP bucket list, but also shows the great versatility of iSUPs.
There aren’t many boards out there that can do what the Aqua Marina Rapid can do, and at the price it can do it too. The Aqua Marina Rapid is 100% setup for white water / river paddling, but it can also get you out in the waves too. Many of you have been asking about the Rapid review and we can say that if it’s a good priced, action packed iSUP board you’re after, you’re really going to have to try hard to beat the Aqua Marina Rapid.
White water tester : Ben Payne
Whitewater photos : Polly Weaver
Short and nimble, the Rapid 9’6” is an advanced river SUP delivers easy surfing action with surprisingly radical performance attributes. Featuring stability, ease of use with desired speed and control, the Rapid guarantees unbeatable fun in all types of waves.
We have a look at the most user friendly race iSUP we’ve tested… the RRD AirRace. It’s the 4th edition RRD AirRace they’ve made, and year after year they have tweaked and tuned the shape and design. The complete AirRace collection comes in the ‘Prefo construction’ which means they’re made from their very best materials, as well as top RRD R&D going into every board. The AirRace is 14’x26” so it’s the narrowest and longest board in their collection. It’s built for full on racing or very fast touring/cruising.
True to all of the RRD equipment we have tested, this is one good looking iSUP that is fast and super easy to paddle.
Fin set up Single US box
Weight 12 kg
Rider size 60-110kg
Other sizes in board range;
14′ x 29″ = 315L
14′ x 26″ = 300L
12′6″ x 29″ = 288L
12’6”x 26″ = 270L
10’6″x 25″ = 230L Kids
Can you imagine being able to go as fast on an inflatable board as you can on a full carbon board? This is what the AIRACE shapes do. Stable, practical and furiously fast! The special narrow nose and straight outline design, a 6” profile thickness and a super flat scoop rocker line makes the perfect recipe for a great competitive board to be used for flat water races and pure pleasure fast rides. Now available into 6 different sizes! Built with a new SDB “Sandwich Dyneema Belt” on bottom and TPB “Thermo Plastic Belt” on the deck that wraps the whole contour of the board from the deck to the bottom as a stringer, the board becomes about 50% stiffer than any conventional inflatable board. Thanks to the Edge PVC Soft Rail, positioned under the board tail, water flows away fast and clean without turbulences.
Sandwich Dyneema belt
Superlight PVC dropstitch
70% Double skin construction
Thermo Plastic Belt
NEW Soft PVC sharp rail edge on the tail drastically improves grip and glide!
What a great adventure a trip to Iceland with a SUP would be. If you’re looking for inspiration this video by SUP racer Chris Parker and Starboard Team rider Trevor Tunnington will certainly do the job!
But please be aware… paddling around icebergs is VERY dangerous and its well worth understanding the risks before you go near one.
Red Paddle Co has announced the launch of a revolutionary inflatable paddle board. The Compact 9’6” on pre-sale now, is a full-sized SUP that folds down to half the size of a regular inflatable paddle board while not compromising on paddling performance. The smaller packed size gives paddlers the convenience of being able to easily carry it around town, jump onto public transport or store in the trunk of your car, with space to spare. The ultra -compact nature of the package also allows for storage within small cars, smaller apartments onboard boats and in your van.
Red Paddle Co, Co-Founder and CEO, John Hibbard explains where the idea for the new board came from – “When I started Red Paddle Co 10 years ago it was motivated by the fact that everyone I took paddling loved the idea of paddling but the large, cumbersome composite boards I was using at the time just didn’t appeal to enough people. Storage, transportation and durability were the main barriers to entry not to mention the weight.”
Hibbard continues, “Our aim since then has been to produce the most compact and transportable board in the world, without compromising on performance. It’s been ten years in the making, but we’re very excited to present the International Patent Pending Compact board which features Red Paddle Co’s new PACT Technology ™.
PACT Technology ™ is a material with a new weaving process which creates an extra-high-tensile thread matrix at the core of the board that is combined with a super-strong but malleable outer layer. This means the Compact board is as stiff and durable when inflated but can be folded down into a bag half the size of standard inflatable boards.
Based on the plan of the award-winning, all-round Ride 10’6″ MSL, the Compact 9’6” is 32”/813mm wide and 4.7”/120mm thick and provides the perfect blend of stability and manoeuvrability. Weighing in at under 8kg (board-only) and supporting riders up to 95kg/209lbs the smaller length board offers a fantastic all-round SUP experience for most riders.
Length: 9’6” Width: 32“/813mm
Volume: 222 litres
Rider Weight: up to 95kg/209lb
Full package weight: 12.7Kg
The Compact board comes as part of a full package including a newly designed backpack, revolutionary 5-piece paddle, Titan pump, leash and removable fins.
The innovation continues into the new backpack as Phil Hawthorne, Head of Design at Red Paddle Co explains, “Everything we do at Red Paddle Co starts with the paddler and how we can make their full experience better. The new highly engineered backpack for the Compact has unique levels of adjustability and comfort, plus incredible shoulder and back support.”
Hawthorne continues, “It’s the most highly engineered SUP bag on the planet, applying approximately 53% less down force on the carrier’s lower back, you can travel for longer in comfort.” The bag also features customisable lumbar support and adjustable height features so is suitable for any size of paddler.
Creating a compact paddle was not an easy task for the Red Paddle Team, but they have found the perfect solution: a five-piece paddle. As a result, it packs away perfectly, but it is still adjustable with no compromise on the water.
The modular design also means sections can be removed to create a paddle for smaller riders or kids, opening up the board package to be used by the whole family. The paddle is made of high-modulus carbon for extra rigidity, with a durable nylon blade.
Plus, the blade of the paddle is laser etched, with no printing or transfers. Meaning the design will stay on forever.
Completing the package, to fulfil their aim to produce the most transportable board on the planet, new click fins are used to enable fast secure fin attachment. The custom designed twin fins allow the Compact 9’6” to easily track through the water.
The Compact 9’6” is on limited pre order now while stocks last, through www.redpaddleco.comand selected retailers with products being fulfilled in November. General release nationwide from December. RRP £1,299/1499 EUR/$1,899 USD/$2,199 CAD for the full package.
We really cant wait to get our hands on this new Compact 9’6” board. Red Paddle Co have never disappointed us with the build quality and design of any of their products before, so we don’t think that we will be disappointed with the new Compact either. The board shape and size will be perfect for midsize paddlers. And with the overall smaller backpack size it will make it even easier to find new places with an iSUP. We’re also very impressed how it all fits into the bag and its overall weight too.
This is the biggest board we’ve tested from Aqua Marina. At 12’2” x 34” the Aqua Marina Super Trip is a multi person/family board, ideal for taking up-to 2 adults and 1 child on the water for a mini SUP adventure or just lots of fun at the beach with friends. The super wide tail of the Super Trip makes the board super stable and easy to use. And with its €579 Euro price point the board is well worth considering if you’re looking for a family /multi person SUP to have some great fun on…
Fin set up 2+1 / PVC clip in side fins and plastic slot box centre fin
Super Size, Super Fun
There are not many active outdoor activities that the whole family can join in.Super Trip 12’2” extends the family fun to the next level with its extraordinary length and width. Designed for 2 adults plus 1 kid, this family SUP is perfect rig for lakes, seaside, and rivers. A lovely mix of quick, agile and stable and ideal for family use or for clubs.
The inflatable paddleboard is being used by hundreds of thousands of paddlers as both a first time intro board to the sport, as well as a more specialist board. They have come a long way since the early iSUPs over 10 years ago, now being stiffer and lighter than ever before. But iSUPs still aren’t good enough to replace the hard composite boards many paddlers use in the higher end of the sport.
In this video we highlight and talk about the negatives to iSUPs. What are the biggest differences between the two board constructions? As a paddler it’s important you are aware of them, and know both the strengths and weakness of iSUPs and hard composite boards, to be sure you make the right decision and buy the best board for you.
This video of top SUP athlete Benoit Carpentier and his family is just great. It shows how SUP really is for everyone to enjoy, and a mega SUP makes it even more accessible. Love it!
‘Watch how my family and I took on the water my aunt and uncle with their wheelchairs for an unforgettable experience on the Starboard giant Stand Up Paddle board: the18’6″ x 60″ Starship SUP is really a good way to include all.’ Benoit Carpentier
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.