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So lets talk SUP rocker-lines or board rocker shapes. Understanding what rocker is on a board doesn’t have to be complicated or a subject that only applies to more advanced paddlers. Understanding the basics about rocker-line shapes can really give you a good grasp on how certain boards should perform on the water. In this video we look at rocker-lines in the simplest way, and which boards you should expect to see the different types of rocker-lines on.

This is a really interesting concept. It’s not the first time a company has tried 2 or 3 piece boards, but previously it’s mainly been with hard wearing plastic boards that are heavy in weight and therefore not ideal. But could this idea be a go, with lightweight, multi section boards? Especially for those racers out there? The idea of being able to break down your 14′ race board into two sections would really reduce travel dramas and airline costs. Maybe there’s even the option of buying a smaller section to make a 14′ into a 12’6”?!

Multi section boards

Award winning inflatable paddle boarding giant, Red Paddle Co has launched its own accessories brand, Red Original, to offer everything you need for the ultimate paddle boarding experience, before, during and after getting on the water.

Red Paddle Co is renowned for products that are loaded with cutting-edge innovation and attention to the smallest detail. The new Red Original brand, featuring a range of accessories and clothing, is no exception, with performance, style and user – centric design at the forefront of the new collection.

Products include a watertight cool bag, which provides a host of unique features not available from any other British brand. The range also boasts an insulated drinks bottle, uniquely made from marine grade stainless steel and a luxury changing robe which will keep you warm and your modesty intact whilst getting changed, as there aren’t always dressing rooms when on an adventure!

The Red Original range isn’t just about what you carry and use on your favourite activities, it’s also about what you wear. The collection will soon include performance clothing to keep you dry, protected and bursting with stylish confidence when you’re out doing what you love the most! All are perfect for paddling, but also compliment any active lifestyle.

John Hibbard, CEO and co-founder explains: “Over the past 10 years we’ve grown a global brand that is built on designing quality products that exceed expectation.”

“However, whilst we had the paddle boards, we were frustrated that well thought out products designed with our sport and active lifestyle in mind were still missing. So, we set out on a mission to design our own premium range, featuring all the elements we personally wanted, utilising the expertise we have built up over the past 10 years.”

“Red Original signifies that these are signature products for us, we decided to focus on doing a few things really well, so when someone tries them for the first time, they really get the value of it. We’ve tried to take a no compromise approach to materials and construction, so the quality that our loyal followers know and have come to expect, is a given.”

To celebrate the new brand and product launch, Red Original are offering one lucky winner the opportunity to win the full range of products, including a Red Paddle Co Sport board of your choice (with paddle and leash), so you can go out and create your own #OriginalAdventure. To be in with a chance to win just head to the competition page on the Red Original website:

The Red Original range can be purchased through, a new ecommerce store which is now live.

Some key products and features include:

Watertight Cool Bag- RRP £160-£180

This is a soft sided, but seriously robust cool bag that leaves all others in its wake! With many an adventure lost or made with a cold beer and, trust me, we’ve tried it, we decided that in order to create that ultimate experience, we’d make our very own Red Original cool bag.

The bag has a totally waterproof YKK Aquaseal Zip, meaning water can’t get in or out. Together with the premium, high density waterproof fabric and thermal lock insulation which deliver what can only be described, as remarkable insulating capabilities, we’re confident that you won’t find a British designed cool bag like this anywhere else in the UK. You will be amazed at how long ice lasts for. This is a one off and we’re pretty chuffed with it! Not least because this bag can carry (tried and tested, obviously!) up to 54 ice cold cans! It also features an international patent pending system to attach it securely to your board, so you can easily take it with you for any paddling adventure as well as for an epic day at the beach.

Some key features of the cool bag:

  1. 100% waterproof, corrosion resistant zip so liquids don’t get in, or out. What goes on tour stays (cold) on tour!
  2. Luggage Tensioning System, allows users to attach the bag directly to the deck of the board without fear of it moving around or falling off
  3. Thermal-Lock Insulation which keeps contents properly hot or cold (for hours)
  4. Premium high density waterproof fabric for durability, during rugged adventures
  5. Adjustable Shoulder strap with expandable exterior pockets for storing other travel essentials
  6. Wave webbing daisy chain for attaching almost any additional kit using a carabiner or bungee
  7. Reinforced carry handles, designed so you can carry heavy loads with ease, or with a friend

Available in 2 sizes

Insulated Drinks Bottle RRP £25

Ever had that amazing drinks bottle that you can never leave home without, that failsafe bottle that doesn’t leak, is the perfect size, and does the ‘do’ when you’re out doing what you do? No? Nor us! So, we set forth and designed our own!

The water is our playground – rivers, lakes and the sea – and with plastic pollution at an all-time high we crafted a premium quality, marine grade stainless steel bottle for our ultimate drink experience. This baby won’t corrode like some other metal drinks bottles can and with a canteen and sports cap as standard, you can enjoy your drink hot or cold – all 750 ml of it!

Some key features of the insulated drinks bottle:

  1. Insulated double-walled construction, which creates a vacuum between the outside environment and inside liquid, helping to keep cold drinks cold for 24hrs and hot drinks hot for 12hrs with no external condensation
  2. The sports cap attachment enables easy drinking whatever adventure or sport you’re enjoying, with a comfortable rubberised mouthpiece
  3. Field tested for leakage and passed with flying colours!
  4. Large 750ml/25oz capacity, so big enough to carry 3 cups of coffee or a whole bottle of wine!

Luxury Changing Robe RRP £45 for adult size, £32 kids

Seizing the moment and getting ‘out there’ – whether you’re paddling, wild swimming, surfing or puddle jumping – might mean getting wet! 

Don’t struggle with the cold indignity of a beach towel. Put it away under a Red Original luxury towelling robe and eliminate those awkward car park moments praying the towel doesn’t spring open mid-change! Bit cold out there was it?!

Available in three sizes these super soft towelling change robes will get you dry in a flash and warm in the process – perfect for kids at the beach. The sleeves have been designed to ensure your modesty is kept intact but won’t get in the way whilst you get changed.

Some key features of the luxury changing robe:

  1. Heavy weight 430 gsm 100% cotton, so the absorbent fluffy towelling dries you quickly with minimal fuss – you can really tell the difference to any other robe you might have tried before, and we have tried lots! / you won’t want to take it off!
  2. Generous cut to avoid any unwanted exposure, and pockets to keep your hands warm and out of the wind
  3. Drawcord hood, so you can shield yourself from the elements when the wind starts to blow
  4. Three sizes (small / Kids 4”- 5’1” / Medium: Recommended for 5’1″-5’11” /Large: Recommended for 5’11” – 6’5″)

Soft Microfibre Towel RRP £25

Generally speaking, we hated microfibre towels, until we created our own. The brand new Red Original one is compact, lightweight and super absorbent, but still a large beach size. We searched hard to find the softest microfibre fabric we could which can also absorb four times its weight in water but dries much faster than a standard beach towel. The anti-bacterial properties will also keep your towel fresh, so this neat design really packs a punch, even when you’re away for a period of time.

The towel has been specially designed for multiple uses, with the integrated strap and hanging loop ideal for all watersports, the gym, a day at the beach or your next trip away.

Some key features of the microfibre towel

  1. Ultra Absorbent – four times its weight in water in fact
  2. Has Anti-Odour and Anti-Bacterial properties, which means it stops it smelling when wet and stays fresher for longer
  3. Uber lightweight so perfect where space is at a premium and you want to reduce load.
  4. Super soft meaning you have the benefits of a regular towel, yet it won’t stick to your skin like other microfibre towels can
  5. Easy pack strap, so hang it up to dry or keep it rolled up tight – it’s these small things that make a big difference
  6. Doesn’t compromise on size 80 x150cm


Reuben unpacks the new 2018 Red Paddle Co Ride 10’8” ready for the full SUPboarder comparison/ review in a few weeks. The Red Paddle Co 10’8” is a great board for a bigger rider or for carrying extra passengers.
The boards in full review will be:

Ride 9’8” x 31”
Ride 10’6” x 32”
Ride 10’6” x 32” (10 year Special colour-way)
Ride 10’8” x 34”

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.

In this weeks review/comparison video we look at 4 paddles from the Starboard paddle range. Starboard make a wide range of paddles in different types, sizes and constructions, to suit every paddlers needs – from the worlds fastest racers to the first time paddlers. We talk through the paddles we’ve been testing over the last 2 months, to help you understand more about the Starboard paddles available and which one would suit different paddlers best.

Paddles in review
  • Lima Carbon Balsa – blade size M & oval carbon shaft S40 : £325
  • Enduro Carbon Balsa – blade size M & round carbon shaft S40 : £299
  • Enduro Carbon T10 – blade size M & round hybrid shaft S40 : £189
  • Enduro Tiki Tech/Sonni Wave – blade size S & skinny hybrid 2pc adj shaft : £199

Paddle weights 

  • Lima Carbon Balsa : 400g
  • Enduro Carbon Balsa : 400g
  • Enduro Carbon T10 : 570g
  • Enduro Tiki Tech : 690g

Reuben unpacks a board that could be another game changer in the world of racing on an iSUP. The Starboard Airline range of race boards with their hard nose cone and high tension cable is meant to significantly stiffen the board. We look forward to getting the 14’x28” Starboard All Star Airline on the water. At the same time we will be using and comparing the 18’x27” All Star Airline and the 14’x26” All Star (composite board).

Look out for this interesting comparison SUPboarder video soon.

For more information check out the Starboard website:

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.



Reuben unpacks the newest board from Quroc – the All Water 12’6”. The Quroc All Water comes as a package with a 3 piece carbon paddle, Triple action GRI pump, bag, fin and leash.  Meant for touring, racing and general cruising. We look forward to getting the Quroc All Water 12’6” on the water and giving you the full review soon.

Length 12′6”
Width 31”
Volume 265L

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time with not a brand catalog in sight!

Full review coming soon on SUPboarder.

For more information check out the Quroc website:

Reuben unpacks the new Fanatic Stubby Foil board in the 8’7” size. This board is designed to be used for SUP surfing with or without the foil, and can be used as a windsurf / windsurf foil board too.

Length 8′7”
Width 29.25”
Volume 120L

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time with not a brand catalog in sight!

Full review coming soon on SUPboarder.

For more information check out the Fanatic website:


In this video we talk about the basics of leashes for paddleboarding. A leash is an important part of paddleboarding equipment. There are different types of leashes which should be used for different types of paddleboarding. So you should consider and look after your leash just as much as your board and paddle.

A leash for paddleboarding is a necessity not an accessory, and is there to safe lives.

Thomas Oschwald - paddling in the cold

Extreme adventure paddler Thomas Oschwald recently spent afew weeks in Finland. A layer of ice covering his kit and the risk of frostbite are just afew of the challenges faced when paddling in colder climates. So why do it?!! And how do you do it?!! SUPboarder caught up with Thomas to talk super cold SUPing and get some tips on the best things to wear when paddleboarding in the extreme cold…

Hi Thomas. Just looking at your pictures makes us feel cold! Paddling in a chilly wind is one thing, but paddling in minus temperatures with ice on your board and your boots is a whole another challenge! 

SB/ How do you do it?And what do you wear when paddling in extreme cold climates?
TO/ On the water I wear a breathable drysuit from DADOR. Depending on the temperatures, I can put on more or less layers of clothing and thus optimally vary the climate within the dry suit. I always wear a life jacket, which also protects my upper body from the cold, along with base layers from ION. The side pockets and the front pocket of the ION Booster X lifejacket offer enough space for the most important accessories, such as my emergency sender, GPS and energy bar, which I always carry with me at hand. Down trousers ensure enough warmth on the legs. And to protect my feet from the wet, I wear rubber boots, which I can waterproof connect with the dry suit. At very low minus temperatures normal rubber boots without an inner lining are no longer sufficient. Then I use waterproof winter boots. The feet must remain dry in any case, otherwise they would cool down in no time. At temperatures above freezing on my hands I wear Open Palm Mittens 2.5 ION, which are very good for paddling, as they keep my hands nice and warm aswell as allowing easy operation of the camera. At temperatures below freezing I wear normal mittens since the isolation of Neoprene gloves is no longer enough. It is important that these gloves stay as dry as possible, which is not easy in bad weather. Therefore, it is always advisable to take replacement gloves.

SB/ What else do you do to stay warm and keep your kit dry?
TO/ In freezing temperatures, it is important to keep the inside of the gloves dry. Otherwise your hands will soon be very cold. For rubber boots, it is important to ensure that they are waterproof connected to the dry suit and have a sufficiently high insulation value. Otherwise, the cold penetrates mercilessly through the thin rubber layer of the boot inside and there is a risk of frostbite on the toes. When camping on land, in addition to a warm sleeping bag, the insulation mat is very important. In cold and humid environments I prefer sleeping bags and mats with synthetic filling. Down filling which gets wet quickly loses its insulation value. All my equipment I wrap twice in waterproof pack sacks. I use a waterproof Duffle Bag by EXPED as a first layer and additional packs as a second layer.

SB/ What are you the biggest challenges when paddling in the cold?
TO/ Due to the cold, the feel-good room is extremely reduced. On the water I can move freely and discover the world. But on the shore is the only place where I can feel warmth and security – in my sleeping bag in the tent. Especially for tours over several weeks, this is a psychological challenge, which should not be underestimated. For day trips, the biggest challenge is to leave the comfortable sofa in the warm living room! Paddling in the winter is extremely nice. With good equipment it is as much fun as it is in summer.

SB/ How do you stay motivated during the winter months?
TO/ Whether summer or winter, rain or sunshine, I always find a way to motivate me. To be outside and to experience a real adventure is for me something of the most beautiful thing there is.

There is only one paddle season for me and it starts on the 1st of January and ends on the 31st of December!

For me, there is only one reason that I do not paddle even in the rain and snow… and that is my own laziness! To overcome this convenience always requires the greatest motivation.

SB/ Any top tips for winter paddling? !!
TO/ Invest in good winter gear and you’ll have a great time on the water all year round. Mirror-smooth lakes, deserted shores, crystal-clear water and a fresh breeze that will sweeten your day… that’s paddling in the winter.

Overcome the inner bastard and you will experience a real adventure that will warm your heart (and hopefully your body) even in the lowest freezing temperatures.

So… no excuses. Get yourself kited out properly and you can enjoy 365 days of paddling wherever you are!If you want to paddle everyday, you can. 

Thomas Oschwald - paddling in the cold

So… no excuses. Get the right kit and you too could enjoy 365 days of SUPing this year.

Where’s the coldest place you’ve paddled? We’d love to hear from you and know how you stayed warm on the water.

Follow Thomas and his adventures via his Facebook page

This board from Fatstick is something very different from other boards on the market. The short and wide design looks like it would work well for heavier riders wanting a fun, manoeuvrable board to surf in small to mid size waves. We look forward to getting this board on the water. Full SUPboarder review coming soon.

Length 8′
Width 32”
Thickness 3.74″
Volume 130

More information check out the Fatstick website: