RedPaddle Inflatable SUP gets on the podium when competing against carbon boards

The Ultimate inflatable stand up paddle board proves its quality in the toughest tests.

Red Paddle Co customer James Bradshaw paddled his 10’6 inflatable to the finals of the non-pro fleet at the NZ SUP Nationals in spectacular style, gaining one of the loudest cheers of the day as he crossed the finish line in 3rd place, ahead of a full line-up of high tech and expensive racing boards.

James had never raced before, but quickly learnt the necessary skills resulting in him winning his semi-final outright (spurred on considerably by some slightly condescending comments from other racers regarding his choice of ride, who then had to eat their words as it left them in its wake…)

Held at Takapuna Beach in Auckland on Sunday, the event took a welcome step away from the more elitist and equipment-dependent long distance racing formats. The event was a Battle of the Paddle format with the top 5 from each heat progressing to the next round.

Many spectators refused to believe his board was an inflatable – until it was deflated!

On the water it looked just as rigid and fast as the $3000+ carbon race boards he was beating, and in a league of its own in its fast cornering ability.

Red Paddle Co first hit the scene in 2007 and have been leading the way in inflatable SUP board production ever since. Our double layer construction combined with attention to detail with our internal build allows our boards to be rigid as well as durable for use in rivers, open sea, fishing, surf and white water.

No matter what type of paddling you want to do, there is a Red Paddle Co board that will fit your needs. For more information on what’s available visit www.redpaddleco.com

For more information on Red Paddleboards in New Zealand contact NZ Paddle Company on 027 777 1035, orwww.thepaddlecompany.co.nz . And anyone wanting any racing tips should contact James at Christchurch Paddleboardingwww.christchurchpaddleboarding.co.nz

Toughest Stand Up Paddle Board on Earth? Red Air SUP Video

Check out this video from the guys at Red Paddle, they throw the Red Air 10’6 off the top of a building and drive over the board with a VW transporter van and surf it on to rocks. The Red Air is a pretty tough SUP board. Watch and see…

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Red Air SUP in our Extreme Shop.. this way ..

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Starboard SUP riders dominate the 3rd and final round of the Frostbite SUP race series

 

Beautiful sunny weather greeted the 40+ paddle boarders arriving at Aquasports in Redhill in Surrey yesterday for the final action in the Frostbite SUP series. Windless conditions made for some close racing. Starboard Race Team members took the top spots in all divisions.
There was a great mix of first time racers and seasoned elite level paddlers. It was great to see Aquasports embracing SUP and off the back of the racing they manage to fill a beginners SUP session from people watching the action unfold on the water. Proof if any was needed that getting the sport exposed out on the water is what drives demand and sales.
A big thank you must go to Colin Elston and his family for running such a great event as well as Sam and her team at Aquasports who were so accommodating and allowed the event to practically take over the centre for the day.
Results
Unlimited Class
1) Ryan James – Starboard K15
2) Mike Ellicock – Starboard K15
3) John Hibbard – Starboard ACE 14′
4) Paul Simmons – Starboard K15
12’6″ Class
1) Mark Slater – Starboard 12’6″ Race
2) Pete Holliday – Starboard 2’6″ Race
Paddlers on Starboard boards also won the juniors, ladies and novice divisions so I think we can call that a good day in the office.
…Report from John Hibbard

 

 

GoPro HD rear view LCD screen the BacPac – video

The LCD BacPac is a detachable LCD screen for your 1080p HD HERO camera. As a removable accessory, the LCD BacPac keeps your camera as small and light as possible, yet provides the convenience of an LCD screen when attached.

Enhanced Convenience

  • Framing complex scenes; see what you are shooting
  • Playback video and photos directly on your HD HERO camera
  • Use your HD HERO camera as a powerful everyday camera

LCD BacPac Features

  • Attaches to 1080p HD HERO cameras featuring the rear HERO Port
  • Simple one button design allows for easy on/off and playback control
  • Normal speed, fast forward, and fast reverse video and photo playback
  • Integrated speaker with volume control

Current RRP price shown in dollars $99

more info from GoPro HD BacPac

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Paramotor News

World’s first full scale Indoor SUP Championships in London this weekend

The London Boat Show is hosting the World’s first full scale Indoor SUP Sprint Championships is this weekend.

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th January 2011.

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A 70m Pool, thumping Rock Show sound and light system and 15 of the best UK SUP racers going head to head in the pool. Backed by Starboard SUP and Red Paddle Co this event brings SUP to a totally new audience they have an exhibition stand at the show and the interest so far has been fantastic.

Competition starts Friday and runs until Sunday. The Racing is at 3:15pm each day for one hour. Entry into the London International Boat show is £13 and kids go free.

Entry into the SUP racing is free once inside the boat show.

There is a qualifying event on Friday morning at the Boat Show, which is open to all Stand Up Paddle fans.

All kit is provided and if you qualify you get a free hotel room for the weekend and backstage passes.

More info HERE.


2011 is shaping up to be a great season for SUP. We are not letting a bit of a cold spell get in the way of supporting and growing SUP in all areas.

The Starboard Big Easy All Rounder Stand Up Paddle Board

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The Starboard Big Easy All Rounder

12′0″x32″

Big Easy
Technora, TAC, Camo, Candy, Blue touch
Length: 370 cm
Width: 81.8 cm
Tail Width: 16.7″ /42.6 cm
Stability rating: 9.5
Thickness: 4.6″ /11.8 cm
Volume: 205 L
Big and Easy, it’s as simple as that. Stable to paddle thanks to its 32″ width and great glide with the full 12’0″ length. The generous nose width and mono concave up front provides fun nose riding abilities and also lets the board paddle into waves with ease. The pinned out alt section with ample tail rocker sports good wave riding characteristics for a board of this size.
Very Stable with excellent glide, a great all rounder, well suited to schools and heavier riders and families. Also available with a full deck pad and windsurfing mast track.
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