ISK8 IN­FLAT­ABLE SURF­BOARD

5’9″ x 26″ x2.75″ $799 BADFISHSUP.COM

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OUR TAKE:

We know, the isk8 isn’t a SUP. But it’s de­signed by Zack Hughes, who along with Mike Harvey, cre­ated one of the most iconic in­land SUP brands out there, Bad­fish. Hughes knows what he’s doing with surf de­sign. The for­mer San Die­gan, who now lives in Sal­ida, Colorado, cre­ated a se­ries of river surf­ing boards this year; the isk8 is the in­flat­able model.

Be­fore you hard­ened ocean types dis­re­gard it as an in­flat­able gim­mick, take an­other look. It’s ul­tra stiff, which cre­ates sur­pris­ing con­trol on any type of river wave. That’s thanks to the com­pany’s pro­pri­ety rail sys­tem: Parabolic Re­in­forced Rails or PBR, an acro­nym that isn’t an ac­ci­dent if you know river folks’ affin­ity for cheap beer. Those re­in­forced rails al­low you to pump the board with­out it flop­ping around.

While you might not make rail-to-rail carves like you would with a tra­di­tional board, you will have enough con­trol to make turns on any kind of river wave. The board comes with a thruster setup fea­tur­ing Click Fins, where the skegs sim­ply lock in place by push­ing them for­ward. It also has a deck pad and de­flates down to a tight lit­tle pack­age that weighs less than 10 pounds. Per­fect for the wan­der­ing wave rider who wants to have fun surf­ing, even in the most ran­dom places. –J O E C A R B E R RY

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