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2017 Red Paddle Co 12’6″ Sport

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The 2017 Red Paddle Co 12’6″ Sport offers the ability to go on longer trips and is the perfect board for a rider who is a bit too heavy for the 11′ Sport and wants something a little sleeker and faster than the new 11’3″ Sport. The RSS battens really make the board super stiff underfoot meaning you are able to tackle choppy water as well.

The Sports have been designed for a slightly more experienced paddler in mind offering a step up in speed and dynamic performance from the Ride family. The shape allows the Sport to cut through the water which is matched by incredible glide, thanks to the drawn out nose. Read our review of the 2016 model.

Who’s it for? Paddlers wanting even more performance.

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This year, the Sport comes in three sizes: The 11′ Sport, 11’3″ Sport and this the 12’6″ Sport. The 11’0″ Sport offers fast inflation and great flat-water performance for riders up to 200 lbs, while the 11’3″ Sport is great for medium/large paddlers who want a sleeker board than a Ride but still need a little stability. The 11’3″ Sport is 32″ wide while the other two models are just 30″. All boards are fitted with Red Paddle Co’s patented RSS system for maximum rigidity.

The Red Paddle Co Sport 12’6″ is a great board for bigger paddlers who want a faster board than the 11’3″ Sport who would like to glide across bays, lakes, up and down rivers and surfing small waves but need a little more stability. It’s the perfect comfortable cruiser!

What’s new for 2017?

  • As with all 2017 Red Paddle Co inflatable paddle boards, the 11’3″ Sport features the improved MSL fusion composite and airtight coating construction process for a lighter and stiffer board.
  • Nose mounted Ram Mount for camera and accessories
  • Super traction, non-slip diamond cut EVA deck pad towards the tail
  • FCS Connect tool-less 9″ SUP fin
  • Updated 8″ US fin box for easy roll up
  • RSS Battens now feature special cord and velcro tab to hold them in place
  • Foil lined bag to protect board from extreme temperatures

What is MSL? Monocoque Structural Laminate (MSL) fusion composite and airtight coating is a new construction process introduced in 2016. MSL involves fusing the second layer of hard-wearing polymer to the dropstitch core at the raw material stage, removing hand gluing errors. The high-tech industrial process also saves up to 5 lbs of weight per board and makes the boards stiffer at lower pressures.

The Rocker Stiffening System (RSS) system works to give unrivalled stiffness. The RSS is designed to increase rigidity by 30-50%. It works by inserting battens along the rails of the board. While some inflatable boards flex in the water, Red Paddle Co’s 15-25 PSI super-stiff, double layer construction holds firm and allows you to paddle with confidence.

The new FCS Connect SUP fin simply slots in by hand, taking mere seconds to fit. They have a specially designed water-resistant barrels and corrosion-resistant titanium pin mechanism incorporated into their base. The rest of the fin is also extremely durable and resistant.

Other features:

  • The Titan Pump – a revolutionary dual chamber inflatable paddle board pump that will inflate your board in half the time with half the effort, and still pump to 25PSI easily.
  • MSL fusion composite and airtight coating
  • High-grade, double-thread internal high density drop stitching which can handle up to 25PSI
  • Double layer fusion construction featuring a “board within a board”. This adds “bomb-proof-ness,” massive strength, stiffness, consistent shape and mega durability
  • Side rails with four layers of taping – maintains the boards shape, stiffness and air tight qualities. Four times thicker than many inflatable paddle boards
  • Features the RSS System
  • Special “air block” membrane eliminates air leakage
  • FCS Connect tool-less 9″ SUP fin
  • Integrated tail handle and rear d-ring for leash
  • Integrated nose d-ring and Ram Mount for camera and accessories
  • Super traction, non-slip EVA deck pad in “crocodile skin” and diamond cut textures
  • Front cargo net for carrying gear with stainless d-rings
  • Low profile handle so no risk of injury
  • Central carry handle, more comfortable than before
  • Built using Tec Air specification, with new valves, improved seals, cap and stronger threads


  • Length: 12’6″
  • Width: 30″
  • Thickness: 150mm, 5.90 inches
  • Volume: 350 liters
  • Weight: 24 lbs board only, 32 lbs with backpack and pump
  • Max payload: 285 lbs/130 kg
  • Warranty: 1 year

What’s in the box? The Twelve Six Sport comes complete with an awesome wheeled backpack, a repair kit, cell phone case and the special Red Paddle Co Titan pump, which makes inflation to 15-25psi really easy, leaving you more time to paddle.

View the Red Paddle Co Inflation and User Manual (0.9MB).

Additional information

Shipping Weight 40 lbs
Shipping Dimensions 38 × 15 × 15 in



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