2023 starboard best inflatable touring stand up paddle boards

The future is now – introducing the Red Paddle Co 9’6″ Compact

The 2019 Red Paddle Co 9’6″ Compact inflatable paddle board

The latest in a series of technological advances from Red Paddle Co, and 10 years in the making, the revolutionary patent pending Red Paddle Co Compact 9’6” is a full-sized inflatable stand up paddle board which folds down to half the size of a conventional inflatable paddle board – the most transportable board on the planet!

Half the size, double the adventure!

The 9’6″ Compact is as stiff and durable as all Red Paddle Co boards are renowned for. Offering the same industry leading performance and supporting riders up to 210 lbs (95 kg) but with the convenience to easily transport it around town, jump on a train or on your bike, plus easily stored in your car, apartment or yacht.

This board is designed for riders who want the convenience of a board that packs down to half the size of a regular inflatable SUP without compromising on performance.

The Compact 9’6″ package includes the board, backpack, 5 piece carbon paddle, Titan Pump, fins and leash.

All-new technology. The Future of paddle boarding… Using PACTTM Technology, the Compact is the most user-friendly and accessible SUP around. The shape of the Compact 9’6″ is based on the award-winning Ride 10’6″. The dimensions come in at 32” wide and 4.7” thick, which makes it a really stable yet manoeuvrable board. Weighing in at approximately 30 lbs (14kg) for the full package (board, bag, pump, paddle, leash), you can easily fold, roll and go on your next paddle boarding adventure.

A bag, but not as you know it… Not only does the Compact 9’6” pack away to half the size of a conventional inflatable SUP, but it’s even more comfortable to carry. The Compact’s highly engineered backpack has been specifically designed with an ergonomic, user centred focus. The bag offers unique levels of adjustability and comfort, plus incredible shoulder and lower back support. Using the customizable lumbar support and adjustable height features, it’s suitable for almost any height of paddler – perfect for seeking out hidden waterways or exploring the city with your SUP in comfort.

A smart performance paddle… Creating a paddle that was light, strong and incredibly compact was a big challenge for the Red Paddle Co design team. After years of research and testing, they found the perfect solution: a five-piece system. The first of its kind, the laser etching technology on the blade delivers a durable paddle that continues to offer a high level of performance. The shaft is made of high-modulus carbon for extra rigidity, and is assembled with an easy to use, push-pin technology.

The paddle packs away perfectly into the bag, but it’s still adjustable and there’s no compromise in its performance when out on the water. And another plus, due to the design of the five-piece paddle, individual sections can be removed creating a paddle that’s suitable for smaller riders – a package for all the family.

At the time of publishing, we have only 5 Compact boards available. Click here for more information on the 2019 Red Paddle Co 9’6″ Compact or pre-order now to reserve yours, or call us on 1-888-252-4983 if you have any questions. Boards are expected to ship at the end of October.

Join over 25k+ subscribers and sign up to our newsletter to receive news and deals...

About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from a decade of professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.