This is my first board, a decision that took months. I’m not particularly fit and wanted to find a an accessible hobby. I’d tried my friends basic board and thoroughly enjoyed the experience on the sea, but just couldn't stand up.
After months of looking at YouTube, I’d decided it was worth paying a premium for stability and reliable build quality, taking the plunge to buy the 11’ compact. Sure, it’s a chunk more expensive than other options, but being able to travel and explore rivers as well as my local coast line, was an important element for me.
I am so impressed. It’s rare to open a product and have expectations exceeded; Red products absolutely do. I’ve only just got the board, and was eager to try it, so I’ve ventured out twice on choppy seas with 20 mph wind, and was able to stand! I’ll need to work on balance, but it validated my purchase option compared to the cheaper board I’d tried. I bought the inflatable PFF and waste leash for added peace of mind; both equally impressive in quality.
Thank you to the team at Red. Great quality, surpasses expectations, super fast delivery. Perfect.