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Inflatable SUP

Postby ozchrisb » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:45 pm

So I live in Russian Hill and am thinking of getting an inflatable to paddle around Aquatic park and in the bay on big ebb tides*.
Anyone used one that they liked?
I assume they're no good for surf but I doubt I'd be using in waves that much anyway, but are small waves okay?
How long does it take to pump?
Is it portable enough that you'd walk four city blocks with it and pump it up?
Thanks
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Re: Inflatable SUP

Postby adamrod » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:24 pm

i think naish and starboard have some race inflatables that are pretty fun for flatwater. i'd probably get one of those.
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Re: Inflatable SUP

Postby Yoda » Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:12 pm

ozchrisb wrote:So I live in Russian Hill and am thinking of getting an inflatable to paddle around Aquatic park and in the bay on big ebb tides*.
Anyone used one that they liked?
I assume they're no good for surf but I doubt I'd be using in waves that much anyway, but are small waves okay?
How long does it take to pump?
Is it portable enough that you'd walk four city blocks with it and pump it up?
Thanks
Chris

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Hi Chris,

I'm the regional rep for Red Paddle Co. Red Paddle is the #1 brand in inflatable SUPs. Currently there's no other inflatable SUP brand available that will offer you (almost) the same performance of a solid board. Period! This is due to their unique construction (TecAir), board thicknesses, and their proprietary stiffening system (RSS).
http://www.redpaddleco.com/know-how/tec-air/
http://www.redpaddleco.com/know-how/board-thickness/
http://www.redpaddleco.com/know-how/rss-2/

These boards are also built bombproof...
http://www.redpaddleco.com/know-how/durability/

Since you're looking for something to use on flat water & small waves vs. the coast, I'd recommend at least a 10'6 length board. I think you'd prefer a 12'6 version better as they're more ideal for touring & racing (as adamrod pointed out).
To answer your questions...
Most iSUPs take 6-10 minutes tops to pump up depending on the board size, the type of pump used, and your technique. The time pumping up a board can be nice because it warms up the muscles in your arms and core that you'll be paddling with.
Depending on the pack, walking four blocks can be a piece of cake or hoping on a bus or taxi works too, as the packs aren't much bigger than a kite pack and will hold everything including a 3-piece paddle. Fyi... Red Paddle Co. currently has the best SUP pack design in the industry! http://www.redpaddleco.com/2012/01/carry-bag/

If you want to check them out, just PM me to arrange a demo.
http://www.redpaddleco.com
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Re: Inflatable SUP

Postby kitenaked » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:29 am

Check out boardworks for inflatables.

We have demos and new available up here in Benicia as well as a wide range of their non inflatable boards in stock to demo.

www.boardworkssup.com
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