Red Paddle Co. started in 2008 as a germ of an idea. Paddleboarding was just getting going, and the founders had this crazy idea that it could be made better with inflatable boards. People thought this was a bit strange. Surely you could never make the boards stiff enough to get the kind of performance you’d expect from a hard board? You’d just end up with a lilo, all bendy in the middle, right? Over time, they’ve dispelled the doubts.
From the beginning they’ve had a two-fold mantra: they believe riding an inflatable board shouldn’t be a compromise, and they make boards that deliver an authentic paddleboarding experience.
Their background is in pro watersports competition, and they wanted to make a product that even the experts loved. So they engineered a quality, high performing board you can take with you wherever you go. A board that means you’re free to…
2019: the Revolutionary Compact
For the team at Red Paddle Co., the difference is in the detail. By looking at all of the individual elements of drop stitch, they have been able to develop a refined process to improve all aspects of board production.
Firstly they have removed the process of coating the inner thread section with molten PVC –this was redundant process and they had no interest in producing a single layer board and only served as a base to glue our outer/double layer too. It was also a messy process with very little control. Instead, they coat the thread structure in a layer of adhesive that has been specially formulated to create both a seal and a bonding layer. Then, they machine laminate a layer or high density structural PVC to this adhesive layer under a controlled conditions –completely removing the human factor involved in traditional double layer application.
This whole process is done at the raw material stage by carefully calibrated machinery developed for this process. The result is a consistent and high level of cosmetic finish that has all of the durability and strength properties of the previous double layer construction. And because this process is done at the raw material stage, they are now able to benefit from torsion stiffness as the material is put under tension when the board is inflated.
This is how they’ve got to create the ultimate blend of performance, quality and weight.