Playfully short yet hugely versatile, the Ride 9-8's secret is in its width. The extra inches in the midsection and tail area create excellent directional control, stability and user-friendliness, yet with its short width it maintains fantastic manouevrability too.The Ride 9'8 is new for 2015, and an amalgamation of the hugely successful Allwater 9'6, and Surfer 10'0. It's designed to be the all-rounder for the lighter/more competent rider, and it achieves this brief incredibly well. Playfully short yet hugely versatile, the huge stability coupled with incredibly responsive turning means it's a blast for throwing around in the surf, especially with the extra performance from the RSS system. Yet it's also perfectly capable of cruising and providing fun for all the family. It's just a fun fun toy! For all the Red Air team, this is the 'go-to' board. If we can only take one board, then we take the 9'8, because whatever conditions we encounter, we can make the most of... The board has three fins, heavy-duty leash fixings on nose & tail, and cargo fixing points on the bow. All Red Air boards now come with an exceptionally high quality carry bag, with proper rucksack straps, hip belt and wheels, a repair kit (not that you'll need it but better safe than sorry), and a very powerful especially-designed hi-tech pump fitted with a pressure gauge so you know when you’ve got enough air inside. It only takes 3-4 minutes to fully inflate the board with this pump - awesome! A 12v electrical pump is also available, and we'd recommend that if you do choose to operate the board at pressures of 25psi+Red Air are now firmly established as the world's leading brand of inflatable paddleboards – leading the market in almost every country with a paddleboarding scene. The brand only make inflatable stand up paddle boards, they've spent the last 5 years working full-time on mastering this entirely new manufacturing technology, & their expertise and attention to detail really shows. While there are now many brands of inflatable paddleboard on the market, the unique and complex internal construction and multi-layered skin used by Red Air allows their paddleboards to be safely inflated to internal pressures of up to 40PSI – more than twice what most other brands can handle. Since the performance of an inflatable paddleboard is all derived from its internal pressure, it's safe to say that Red Air are literally twice as good as any of the competition! (For more information on inflatable board construction and what to look for in an inflatable check this site.)Red Airs are super-tough – they're designed to be abused. The huge reinforcements along the rails means that the boards can be bounced off rocks and bashed around on the beach year in year out. There are no gimmicks such as removable fins (which simply get lost and offer no increase in performance anyway), everything is designed to last. Whereas other brands have to use generic components for their fittings, Red Air design and produce their own. The end result is a fantastically high quality package, yet at a very affordable price – and a THREE year international warranty.Why settle for anything less than the best!?
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