What is MSL?

MSL is the material we use on all of our boards. MSL involves fusing a second layer of hard-wearing polymer to the dropstitch core at the raw material stage, rather than hand gluing it. This completely removes hand gluing errors and cosmetic blemishes. The high-tech industrial process also saves almost 2kg in weight and makes the boards stiffer at lower pressures.

How durable is a Red Paddle Co board?

In a word – Tough. We did this to prove how tough they are so you don’t have to! Treat it well and it will be a trusty stead.

Can I learn to SUP on a Red Paddle Co board?

Absolutely and because they are inflatable boards they will be kinder on your body when you fall. Many SUP Schools around the world choose Red Paddle Co as their board of choice.

How do the boards compare to hard boards?

When inflated correctly and used for general Stand Up Paddling you will hardly notice a difference. For high performance surfing you will find you will have to adapt your style as the board rides differently but still rides well. The biggest benefit is that you can deflate, roll up and stash your board in the back of the car with ease, and transporting it further afield is really easy. Our boards love to travel.

How long can I leave the board inflated for?

Over time you will experience some loss of pressure especially with temperature changes. Just top it up before you hit the water. The board should be stored out of direct sunlight and if you are not going to use it for a while you should reduce the pressure to below 15psi.

How much pressure can I put in the board?

Our boards are built to take a lot of pressure. You won’t need to put more than 25psi in your board. Above this pressure you will see no increase in stiffness but you will find the valve is hard to push down to deflate the board and it takes longer to inflate. For general use 15-22psi is best. Heavier riders will benefit from pressure closer to 25psi.

How do I maintain my board?

Treating your board like an old friend will keep the board looking good for the longest time. Ideally wash it down with fresh water after each use, keep it out of direct sunlight and store loosely rolled.

Inflatable boards don’t like to be cooked in the sunshine so keeping it cool and in the shade when not in use are the keys to a long and fruitful relationship.

What do I get in the repair kit?

In the unlikely event that you put a hole in your board then inside the repair kit (that comes with every board) you will find some glue and some patches that can be used to get you back up and running. A good repair should be left overnight to cure. Also inside the repair kit is a valve tool. You can use this to remove the valve from the board for servicing. You may never have to remove it but if you do you’ll have the right tool for the job.

What is the bump I found on the back of my board?

Do not fear, it’s meant to be here!!

The bump which can be seen at the back of some of our boards on the bottom is where the drop stitch material has to be cut in order to fit in the inflation valve. To try and minimise the visibility of this we try and hide it under the fins as much as possible however on some of the boards with the US fin box system it may still visible. Click here for a video explanation on The Bump.

Will hot sun cause the board to over inflate?

No, but we don’t recommend leaving your board in direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Following this advice will keep your board in good working order for as long as possible.

What is the best way to store the board?

You can store the board rolled up in the bag, or fully inflated or partially inflated. If you don’t plan to use your board for a long time we recommend you store it in a cool, dry place and loosely rolled.

Do you have another question?

Do you have a question that is not answered here? If so please send it in via the CONTACT US page and we will answer it straight away Thank you!