The thing about inflatable paddle boards is that they provide you with a lavish of options to choose and pick what’s perfect for you, and being familiar with the Red Paddle Co, I won’t hesitate to say that you’ll be more than happy using one of their SUPs.
Standup paddle boards take shape in a variety of water activities; it could be racing, recreational paddling, yoga, or touring which is where this review belongs.
This review is about the world’s most popular inflatable SUP; the Ride Windsup which is 10.6 feet tall, 32 inches wide and 4.7 inches thick.
The Ride comes in 4 models, but the Windsup is featured with the awesome added benefit, especially for windsurfers, which is being able to fit a sail on it to surf with the wind, and for that you’ll find a little hole where you can insert the sail almost in the middle of the board.
Looking at the Ride Windsup you’ll notice that it comes in an all-round design which makes it the perfect SUP for touring. Also, the white and bright blue in which it’s painted make it hold the spirit of the summer as it looks carefully and finely detailed.
In addition to that; which is a must have for every SUP, two thirds of the Ride Windsup’s back is covered with an anti-slip texture that prevents any probable slippage as it’ll boot your balance while paddling or wind surfing.
Next, and like all of the Red Paddle Co’s SUPs for 2016, you’ll be glad to know that this board is constructed with the new MSL technology which saves 2kg in weight thanks to the fusion of the second layer of hard-wearing polymer to the drop-stitch core at raw material stage reducing hand-gluing errors and the amount of glue used.
Further, the Windsup is supported with TecAir manufacturing process which makes all of the Red Paddle Co’s SUPs stiffer, more durable and with a better performance. I personally don’t think there is anything than having stiff and rigid SUP which will simulate the paddling or surfing experience.
Speaking of which; the Windsup comes with a titan pump which I personally find strong and affective; it can pump your board up to 20 psi easily which is more than enough to turn the Windsup into a hard platform which won’t bend or flex.
Moreover, the Windsup is featured with a central fin which comes right in the middle of the board’s lower surface; it’s made specifically to boost the windsurf mode because it provides great upwind tracking.
Additionally, you’ll find a waterproof phone case which comes really useful if you ever needed your phone on you while in the water. Also, a repair kit is included in the package; however, since the Windsup is a rigid and strong board I don’t think you’d ever need it if you’re a friendly user.
Now for a touring SUP, the company has taken into consideration that you’ll need to bring along some equipment on board; that’s why you’ll find 4 D-rings that are connected with a bungee cord to help you fix whatever you need to the board.
Last but not least, and after you deflate the Windsup, you’ll be very excited to roll it up like a sleeping bag and slide it into the amazing roller back bag. This bag is the most comfortable, practical, and professional SUP bag out there; it looks great and you can carry it or drag with you anywhere, as you can notice the amount of care and details put into it.
One thing that some of you might dislike is the fact that the Windsup, just like other SUPs from the Red Paddle Co, is presented without a paddle even though it’s somehow pricy compared to other options.
The Red Paddle Co provides quality items and accessories for their SUPs, so maybe you should consider ordering one of their paddles.