23 Nov Whitewater Stand Up Paddleboarding. Red Paddle Co Flow
We have an incredibly amazing paddling community here in the Twin Cities. Perhaps one of the most rewarding parts of this job has been meeting those unique and passionate individuals who make up our Minnesota paddling culture.
I have had a very steep learning curve as I am still very new to this sport and product. I work with incredible manufacturers, Pau Hana and Red Paddle Co, who are endlessly patient and so thorough in their product delivery and education.
My favorite moments, however, come when I get to rub shoulders with the local experts, of which there are many. Mike Westendorf rented one of my Red Paddle Flow’s to run the Kettle river this summer and came back with a crazy awesome list of ideas for upgrades and improvements to the boards. I forwarded those suggestions to Red Paddle Co and, whether by his recommendation or not (I like to think they were;), many of those improvements were implemented into the 2016 boards.
Here are some highlights. This is RED’s first SUP created specifically for downriver whitewater. This is one of the hottest and fastest growing SUP markets. What’s new this year? All Red Paddle Co boards are now made with a new and very technical sounding Monocoque Structural Laminate (MSL) fusion technology. What does this mean? It means the drop-stitch material that makes Red’s boards so freaking sturdy and rigid is now even more rigid AND weighs less. Some boards have had a reduced weight loss of 20%. The boards still boasts its integrated Quad fins to offer fewer bump catastrophes and a pronounced nose rocker that rides nicely over water obstacles. If things get really interesting there are multiple side handles for those “holy shit!” moments.