2018 red paddle co - 2018 range of inflatable SUP paddle board

It’s a new board day! Let’s see the new board as it arrives from Starboard. It’s a 2017 8′ x 28″ Pro Performance surfing SUP in Blue Carbon construction. The board is 8′ long, 28″ wide, 4.1″ thick with 102 litres of volume.

Now let’s see it put together with the three Bio-Resin fins installed. The board takes FCS II fins but comes with 2 standard FCS side fins and a standard US box center fin.

So, I’ve had it out twice now and while the volume isn’t such a step down from my old board, 106 to 102 litres, the shorter, narrower and pulled in outline of the nose especially, have really made me work on my balance skills. Although, the extra effort is worth it. On the few waves I’ve caught so far, I can really feel the responsiveness of the board and look forward to getting my balance dialled.

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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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