Quality and progress, if any, are often hidden from view. Take the drop stitch construction, for example, this tangle of countless threads between the top and bottom of a SUP board, without which a board could not be inflated hard and would bend like a pool noodle. when someone is on it. Or in the materials used, their processing, the details, the accessories. This partly explains the considerable price differences between inflatable SUP boards, which at first glance hardly differ from one another.
An innovation that is easy to recognize has been introduced this season by Red Paddle, one of the high-end suppliers who can pay for their products well. The new Voyager 12’6 ” costs 1,300 euros in a package with pump, repair kit and high-quality roll-up bag lined with heat protection film. Its special feature is a V-hull, which is reminiscent of boat building: the board is slightly V-shaped both on the underside and on the top. On the underwater hull, the kink extends backwards about a meter from the raised nose. In addition, a black rail is attached to a length of 30 centimeters, a kind of keel with a 1.5 cm “depth”.