At this time of year with the launch of all the new gear, we see videos from brands sharing their new SUP ranges. The Italian SUP brand RRD has certainly taken the top lifestyle brand video for us. From start to finish it makes us want to grab a board and explore, surf, share SUP with friends and more. Stand Up Paddling is a different thing to all of us. The important thing is to get out there and do it.
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!
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 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.
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.
After the recent comparison video of the smaller RRD surf SUPs, the COTAN and iWAVE we look at a question that many readers have been asking “When is your SUP too small? In this video we explain what signs you should be looking out for to suggest your board is too small. And that doesn’t just mean not being able to stand on it!
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
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
Thickness 3 3/4”
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
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.
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.
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.
We were impressed with the last inflatable race touring SUPs from RRD. And it looks like they have upped their game again by increasing the drive and focus to make an iSUP that can compete with the hard boards. Have they done it? We aren’t sure yet but we like the way the first clips you see in the video are with the raceboard in the surf, which is usually far from an iSUP race boards ideal conditions. We look forward to getting these boards on the water.
The SUPboarder shed is filling up fast, with 2018 surf SUPs, race boards, iSUPs and full carbon hard boards. There’s going to be some exciting board reviews and comparison videos over the next few months. Reuben talks about what’s in the shed at the moment… but there’s lots more coming! Look out for the first look videos and full video reviews soon on SUPboarder. Better get paddling!
Sometimes SUP surf sessions can be chilled and relaxing with no time or wave limit. But sometimes when the light is fading or the swell is dying they become more of a mad 30min power session to get as many waves in as possible!! Which session is best?… both can be super fun. A 30min super session can be enough time to catch some great waves and it can force you to go for it more than when you have more time.
Check out Philippe Mesmeur’s power SUP session in Brittany on his RRD iWave.
We’ve been testing the brand new 2018 RRD LongSUP 9’4” over the last 2 months in a great range of conditions, from super small to overhead high surf. We’ve been really impressed with the quality and shapes of boards that have come from RRD over the last year, and the new RRD LongSUP didn’t disappoint. A board that will suit a massive range of abilities from lighter first time SUP surfers to more technical advanced surfers. It’s a board that all our testers really loved and want to spend more time on.
Thickness 4 1/4″
Fin set up 2+1 / US box Centre Fin
Weight 8.6 kg
Rider size 50-90kg
Boards other sizes;
9′ x 28” = 107L
9’8”x30 = 143L
Brand video and information
‘This is a fantastic board for our longboarding surf fans that have converted over to SUP! The rails on the “RRD LONG SUP” are really low, enabling you to bury them without bobbing in and out of the water, and the scoop under the nose gives control when nose riding. We are offering this board in two technologies (LTD & WOOD), and in three different sizes’ words RRD
There’s nothing better than breaking in the 2018 SUP gear season with a new board. Reuben unpacks, takes a first look and gets excited about the new 2018 RRD Long SUP 9’4”. This will be the first performance SUP longboard that has been released from RRD and we can’t wait to get it on the water.
Look out for the full review on SUPboarder soon.
SUPboarder looks at the RRD Razzle Dazzle 12’6”. RRD have put a lot of work into this new board shape for 2017, with the shape being more refined than the older version 1 RD. We’ve been using it for over a month now and it works well in all flat conditions from glassy flat to choppy waters. This hard wearing board sits at a good price point in the market and will suit a wide ability of racer.
Thickness 7.5″ (approx)
Fin set up US centre box
Weight 9.9 kg
Rider size 65-90kg
For more information about the RRD Razzle Dazzle check out the RRD website here.
If you have used this board or have any questions or comments about this board please leave your comment below. Also if you want to compare the RRD Razzle Dazzle with other boards on the market check out the SUPboarder equipment guide here.