AIR RIDER 14’0
The Air Rider we tested carries quite a unique shape despite its familiar 14’ x 28’ dimensions. At times, it is a very fast board and in its element in demanding conditions, especially dead downwind For flat water racing or touring a flat-rockered variant is also available. For BOP-style surf riding it’s a real blast and it shines when you catch a wave to the beach. A well presented, capable board with some excellent options and features.
Unboxing the Air Rider is a bit of a treat. Ours came with the optional slick wheeled -backpack and tough sea worthy leash, and stowed in the pockets were shaped glass fin, pump and orange fibre glass paddle. The board itself has lots of features: the comfortable deck pad (no rough diamond notches here) has a decent tail kick and you get a front D-ring (for tow-assists or ‘tying off’), cargo bungee up front, FCS camera mount and a padded carry handle. About that fin – we like it – orange (Aqua Inc is Dutch), deep, raked back, and unlike many repurposed longboard fins it looks like it belongs on a 14’ and is ready for some heavy water.
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Once inflated, your eye is drawn towards the nose rocker on the Air Rider. There’s quite a lot of it and it’s a permanent fixture – the board is not especially bendy for an inflatable. At 320 l the volume is massive and so this board sits on the water; as a tourer / fitness board it prowls around easily. 28” is not narrow but the 6” ride height does require you to do your part in balancing; it’s a consideration when you’re paddling in cross-winds and chop as those high sides and nose will feel everything. Sling the Air Rider into a straight downwind run though and standby to be impressed: it feels light and leaps forward and you won’t stuff that nose. We were loving life on a downwinder across Newquay Bay to Watergate – and when we hit the head high surf on the landing beach it picked up a set wave and cruised from way out back all the way to the beach in style. If you need an iSUP to work on a paddling programme, improve fitness, ride some downwind bumps and ride in and out through beach surf, the Air Rider comes recommended. If you need a dedicated inland racer or expedition board for variable winds check out the flatter version. You can’t fault the fit and finish of this tough board and its accessories; leash, fin, braze ons, it’s all built to take a tumble. This is a lot of product for not a lot of cost.
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