What Makes a Great Whitewater SUP? 4+ Key Features…

Airhead makes a whitewater SUP called the Rapidz that is perfect for riding river rapids, as well as fishing, take the dog out or doing paddleboard yoga.

Airhead Rapidz Inflatable Whitewater SUP

What Makes the Airhead Whitewater SUP Special?

In short, the Airhead Whitewater SUP platform provides a rigid feel like a hard fiberglass board. Plus, the standing surface has a no-slip EVA deck pad, which supplies a secure foothold.

An inflatable SUP makes the best choice for river paddling because it can bounce off rocks and logs without suffering destructive (and expensive to fix) dings and dents. Here are 4 more reasons why you may like this whitewater sup…

1. Whitewater SUP has More Space & More Stability

First of all, you get a wider, more stable paddleboard with inflatable side chambers which prevent the board from tipping over. In addition to an extra 4″-6″ inches of platform space in the width, the side “sponsons” make this SUP even wider, providing even more stability.

This extra width allows paddlers to have a wider stance and move around more on the board. Plus, they have an increased weight capacity for carrying gear like fishing tackle, camping supplies, etc..

Man Fishing from Airhead Inflatable SUP with Sponsons
Airhead Bonefish SUP

2. SUP has Versatile Fin Set Up

Second, the Rapidz includes 2 shorter outer fins plus a longer center tracking fin. You can remove any of them, letting you switch up your board performance, depending on your activity.

For example, the longer 9″ tracking fin helps the SUP travel in straight line and cover more distance in less time. However, you typically don’t want to use it in rapids because it can get caught in the rocks.

Airhead Rapidz Whitewater SUP Package for Running River Rapids

3. SUP has Special Nose Design for Better Performance

Third, the nose of the board comes to a sharp point. It also raises slightly out of the water.

Compared to other iSUPs that have round noses, this design lets you slice through waves, rapids and surf much more easily. Thus, you can maintain board speed and steadiness, even in unstable conditions.

4. On-Deck Attachments Make this SUP More User Friendly

Fourth, the Airhead Rapidz features a strong tow ring at the nose of the board. Most paddleboards don’t include this feature. The tow ring lets you securely tie up to a dock, buoy, houseboat, lake shore, etc..

The SUP also has plenty of D-rings and bungee tie downs at the front and rear of the board. This provides versatility as to where you place your cargo. Plus, you can keep your platform well balanced.

Note: You don’t get a paddle in this package. Airhead, of course, recommends their own SUP paddle. However, you can use whatever paddle you want.

SUP Package Includes:

  • iSUP
  • High Pressure Air Pump with Pressure Gauge
  • 3 Fins (Removable), 6″ fins (2) and 9″ fin (1)
  • Mesh Backpack
  • Patch Repair Kit and Valve Tightening Wrench
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3 More Similar Inflatable Paddleboards from Airhead SUP

The models below all feature a wide middle and side “sponsons” for added space and stability. They make ideal fishing, yoga, whitewater paddleboards. Plus, you can use them for activities where you want to carry more gear.

Keep in mind that the width measurement includes 4 additional inches for the side sponsons. In addition, the center platform rides 4″ high, while the sponsons measure 6″. People like this for the stability factor.

1. Bonefish

  • Dimensions: 11’6″ long x 42″ wide x 6″ thick
  • Weight: 44 lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 350 lbs

2. Camo

  • Dimensions: 10’8″ long x 38″ wide x 6″ thick
  • Weight: 32 lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

3. Super Stable SUP

  • Dimensions: 10′ 8″ long x 38″ wide x 6″ thick
  • Weight: 34 lbs
  • 300 lbs

Airhead Rapidz Inflatable River SUP

Airhead Rapidz Whitewater SUP Specs:

  • Dimensions: 11’6″ long x 42″ wide x 6″ thick (Including Side Sponsons)
  • Weight: 39 lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 330 lbs
  • Max Inflation Pressure: 13-15 PSI
  • Color: Grey with Orange
  • Model #: 1138
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By the way, you don’t need to ride down rivers to enjoy this unique SUP.


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