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buy red paddle co inflatable air supBy far the most common inquiry is “Which Red Paddle Co inflatable stand up paddle board should I get?” This usually means they have been looking at the 9’6″ All Water, the 10′ Surfer and the 10’6″ Ride and need some guidance from me to help steer them in the right direction.

The inquiry sounds pretty general but it usually involves someone around 140 – 180lbs, about 5’5″ – 6’2″, who will most likely paddle for fun on flat water, occasionally in the ocean (waves) or on white water, and might on occasion carry a young child or a dog on board too. Well, the question is narrowed down immediately to a recreational paddler who wants a nice stable board possibly some tie downs, room for a passenger, but nothing too big that they’ll grow out of quickly.

On the whole, the boards are very similar, hence the indecision, yet offer a few different perks. So, let’s start with some board specifications to compare. I’ve included the 10’8″ Mega for comparison as there are plenty of 180+lbs paddlers out there, myself included, or people who want to do more, carry more with their boards. The Mega also caters for 2 booming sections of the stand up paddle boarding market – yoga and fishing.

Board Length Width Thickness Volume Board Weight Max Weight RSS
9’6″ All Water 9’6″ 32″ 3.93″ 193l 25lbs 210lbs Yes
10′ Surfer 10′ 30″ 3.93″ 190l 27lbs 200lbs Yes
10’6″ Ride 10’6″ 32″ 4.72″ 218l 28lbs 220lbs No
10’8″ Mega 10’8″ 36″ 4.72″ 296l 29lbs 220+lbs No

Not sure what RSS is? The Red Paddle Co Rocker Stiffening System (RSS) is a patented technology which uses battens inserted into the rail of the board to aid in board stiffness. Read more about the RSS battens here and how to insert RSS battens here.

Now to a comparison of the board’s features, strengths and weaknesses.

Board Manuverability Stability Glide Tie Downs Deck Space Kick Pad
9’6″ All Water Awesome Great Good Yes OK Yes
10′ Surfer Great Good Great Yes Good No
10’6″ Ride Good Awesome Great Yes Great No
10’8″ Mega OK Off the chart Good Yes Acres No

And now to the style of paddling you’ll be doing, or expect to be doing.

Board Recreational Touring Whitewater Fishing Surfing Yoga
9’6″ All Water Great OK Great Great Great Good
10′ Surfer Good OK Good Good Awesome OK
10’6″ Ride Awesome Great Good Great Good Great
10’8″ Mega Great Good OK Awesome OK Awesome

If you are needing a more detailed look you can read my review of the the 10’6″ Ride inflatable SUP or my review of the 10′ Surfer inflatable SUP. Each article has a video and close up images of all of the main features of the board and bag.

Don’t forget, if you’re interested in longer cruising trips or extra glide, at the pointy end of the race or surfing markets, Red Paddle Co also caters to you. There is the 9’2″ Surf Star for the surfers and the 12’6″ Race, 12’6″ Elite and 14′ Elite for the paddlers who want extra glide, tour longer distances, overnight trips and racers.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from 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 hockey fan, football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.

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