| Submitted by: Jen C on 2014-03-28
Summary: A great board for the all round paddler, it floats and glides easily on flat water, while still riding smoothly and predictably in surf.
Pros: Light weight, but sturdy. Really compact and convenient, all the more so given its suitable for most waters, be it lake or ocean.
Cons: When the waves are killer, I wish it would inflate that little bit quicker.
Usage: Exercise, leisure, surf and still waters. It comes with me wherever I go, allowing for me to keep my passion alive throughout the year.
Submitted by: juliankidd on 2014-03-12
Summary: Note that this a review from a dealer of this board. The Red Paddle Co 10'6? Ride is a great all round stand up paddle board. It also happens to be an inflatable which gives you great benefits. To the purists, an inflatable won't feel right, but to many, the advantages of an inflatable (storage, transportation, bombproof rails and construction) far outweigh any disadvantages (pumping it up and little flex). It's my go to board for everything but big waves.
Pros: Paddling the 10í6″ is a breeze. Itís a long-ish board with good width and has a nice planing area. First impression is that the rounded rail nature of an inflatable tends to give a slightly vague feeling when things get rougher on the water, but also mean it is extremely forgiving and stable.
Cons: Inflatables can be used in the surf however the 10í6″ Ride is on the lower end of surfability. Iíve ridden it in wave faces up to 5ft and it performs well. You need to get way back on the EVA deck and it prefers to go down the line. Itíll turn well, but watch for the nose catching and pearling. Itís length and flatter rocker line, while great for cruising, work against this paddle board in the surf. That said, I often ride small waves with it when my other board (8í5″ x 29″) is too much work.
Usage: General cruising on the ocean, lagoon and river. Small waves.
Submitted by: Martin on 2013-01-25
Summary: This is a great all round board from your first ride when your learning to small surf. It's great if you want to explore the bays around your hotel when you take it on holiday too. The fact that is comes from a company who's staff all ride the boards they produce and sell means they don't like second best. I have paddled this board on white water too and even after getting it wrong and hitting major rocks, it didn't show a single mark on it. There is a debate that inflatable boards are slower than solid boards to ride and the speed difference is true but if you are a beginner or occasional paddler then you will not need that difference.
Pros: Ride,stability,longevity,load capacity, build quality, easily stored, easy to transport.
Cons: Not so quick to turn in the surf.
Usage: Exercise,surf, touring,white water,fitness training.