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Compact Paddle Board Adventures with Red Paddle Co Equipment

Paddleboarding Paradise: Exploring the Isles of Scilly with Red’s Compact Boards


The lightweight nature of compact inflatable paddle boards opens up a world of adventure, allowing users to access remote spots with ease. By simply throwing them on your back, you can hike and explore places like never before. The team at Red documented the versatility and performance of these boards, leading to unforgettable adventures.

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The Allure of the Isles of Scilly

Red Paddle Co decided to put the compact paddle board range to the test at the Isles of Scilly, a potential ultimate paddle board destination in the UK. One of the reasons for choosing this location is its remote and untouched nature. With clear waters, paddling here offers a unique vantage point, letting you observe the thriving marine life below.

The compact board stands out in such settings. Its design makes it ideal for adventures—easily portable, you can carry it over dunes and then simply unroll, pump, and head out on the water. The unparalleled transportability of these boards has made island hopping in the Isles of Scilly a breeze.

Shooting with Red: More Than Just a Job

Every shoot with Red feels like an organic adventure. They’re not just testing equipment; they’re also exploring new places, facing challenges, and adapting to conditions. During their time in the Isles, windy conditions meant they had to find sheltered locations, ensuring safety without compromising on the adventure.

They were fortunate to have the guidance of local legend Gareth Tibs. With intimate knowledge of the area, he introduced them to spots like Samson Hill Cottage and shared stories about the growing wildlife presence around the islands, such as the increasing number of whales in recent winters.

Experiencing the Isles Firsthand

The compact Red Paddle Co inflatable paddle boards have been instrumental in our explorations. With them, they ventured to crevices on the 12′ Compact, marvelling at the beauty of the location. With these boards, they effortlessly navigated dunes, pumped them up, and embarked on their journey on the water.

A highlight was the realization that such an idyllic location, with its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches, was just a stone’s throw away from the UK mainland. While the place is undoubtedly stunning, the companionship and camaraderie with the Red team truly elevated the experience.


The compact paddle boards from Red proved to be the perfect companion for our adventure. From the moment they hopped on a plane the size of a delivery van, to exploring pristine waters, the boards facilitated an unmatched experience. Above all, it’s the people you share these moments with that turn a trip into an authentic adventure. Combining the perfect location with the perfect board, this journey was nothing short of epic.

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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.