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A quick review of the 2015 Red Paddle Co 9’2″ Surf Star inflatable SUP

In this article we will provide a quick review of the 2015 Red Paddle Co 9’2″ Surf Star inflatable SUP. The 2015 Nine Two Surf Star inflatable SUP takes everything Red Paddle Co have learnt from previous years and applied it to create a progressive surfing outline, which gives this board the best possible surfing performance.

The bag: For 2014, Red Paddle Co introduced wheels on the bag. For 2015, they’ve gone a step further refining the wheeled bag to be even more sturdy, durable and comfortable. Once again, the back pack straps can be hidden in the “Sherpa Carry System” making wheeled travel more pleasurable and keeping the straps out of the airport conveyor belts.

The pump: The 2015 9’2″ Surf Star, as did the 2014 9’2″ Surf Star, ships with the Red Paddle Co Ezee HP pump which makes inflation to 25PSI much easier. Included with the pump is a pressure gauge and hose. You also get a standard repair kit in the package and a bonus cell phone case which includes the inflation/deflation and care manual.

The inflation process is very straight forward and pumping with the HP Ezee pump is very easy. Be sure you have the valve in the inflation position so all that pumping doesn’t go to waste when you’re ready to remove the pump hose and put on the valve cap. Read our guide about valve position and board inflation, and watch us inflate a board here.

The board: 9’2″ long, 30″ wide and 3.93″ thick. Built using Red Paddle Co’s Tec Air construction process, it features high density drop stitch technology, double layering “board within a board” technique and quadruple layered rails. The weakest part of an inflatable paddle board is the rail (sides) where the top and bottom layers are joined, due to the lack of internal support from the high density drop stitch. Most inflatable stand up boards are constructed with just one rail layer on the rails, whereas Red Paddle Co use 4. Find out more about Red Paddle Co’s Tec Air construction.

The 9’2″ Surf Star comes with RSS battens which are designed to counter the effects of the paddler’s standing position and weight, the point around which inflatables can flex. RSS battens improve stiffness by up to 50%. That said, it is hard to notice any flex at all when paddling a Red Paddle Co board.

For a direct comparison of the 2014 and 2015 9’2″ Surf Stars, move the slider to see the changes.
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Only slight tweaks to the board, which include a larger deck pad area and kick pad.

Let’s take a little walk around the board and see how the real thing looks.

On the water: The 9’2″ Surf Star is stable yet manoeuvrable, perfect for catching and riding waves. The 9’2″ Surf Star inflatable SUP is the only choice for those looking for the best surfing stand up paddle board. Combine it with a 3 piece SUP paddle, you’ve got the ultimate package for travelling to surf destinations. Or, keep it in the car, ready for those after/before work sessions, and not worry about a board strapped to the roof all day!

Now for some detailed images of the 2015 9’2” Red Air Surf Star, click to enlarge.

See the 9’2″ Surf Star Red Paddle Co product page for more details, specs and images.

If you are not sure which board to choose from the Red Paddle Co range, take a look at our helpful guide to choosing your 2015 Red Paddle Co board or compare all the important specs of each board here with our 2015 Red Paddle Co iSUP range announcement.

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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.