ERS DUAL Insights


Paddle Board Reviews and Insights of the ERS DUAL series From Customers and Owners of SUP-Related Businesses

Ride At A Different Level


Customer feedback is an essential facet of our business. It’s what allows us to build paddle boards with the specific features and performance attributes that matter most to people and contribute most to their enjoyment of their time spent outdoors and on the water. Below we have assembled reviews and insights from a mix of first-time buyers, more experienced paddle boarders, and SUP industry business owners who paddle our boards. The reviews are specific to board models and are grouped under each board name so that you can read insights specific to any ERS inflatable paddle board or series you want to learn about.

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ERS DUAL - Reviews and Insights

The DUAL series are the best paddle boards designed for performance for all SUP uses and in all paddling environments.  Manufactured using our thermal laminate X9 construction method the DUAL series represents the gold standard of inflatable SUP design and durability.
Dual Neptune 9-6 reviews

DUAL 9-6 S3 | Neptune

The DUAL 9-6 S3 NEPTUNE (previously V-II / V3) is a board that pushes through each session full force and won't leave you wanting. Tough X9 DUAL construction and an incredibly responsive shape it will take on waves or rapids then let you wind down the day paddling with friends.

Tami Schofield

Pennsylvania

I have loved paddle boarding when on vacations, and finally chose to get my own board this year. I needed an inflatable so that I can haul it up to paddle with my son in Mystic, to the Jersey Shore to paddle with my niece, out to Chicago to paddle with my sister - and to get to my local paddle places like Marsh Creek State Park. I spent a long time looking through all the boards available, asking questions, trying to be sure I was getting a board that would serve me well and was rugged enough to last through being hauled around the country. The ERS DUAL is perfect for me! The compact size and lighter weight mean I can get it where I want and fill it easily. It has great balance and stability, and I am always confident when I am paddling. I also liked that as a Philly resident, I was buying from a fairly local company. I now have the freedom to just wander out and enjoy paddling anytime I want! It is my favorite form of exercise - and now I can go whenever I want! I find an incredible amount of peace being out on the water. I am sending a picture of me relaxing at Marsh Creek State Park - the great blue herons were everywhere! It was incredibly beautiful to just paddle around enjoying nature.

Gregory Miller

ACA LEVEL IV INSTRUCTOR DC MARYLAND VIRGINIA

This is one of the most fun boards in the ERS DUAL range rivaling the 10-0 depending on the conditions and a board that I wouldn't be without in my quiver. It’s an evolution of one of the original designs aiming at something that felt a bit more like a surfboard for some waves, but it also doubled down on being a great compact ride for a smaller rider. Plenty of the local riders have run these over the years through rapids but it’s equally at home surfing some ocean breaks or just on a serene lake or flatter river section. I'll take this out on most breaks and swap it around with the 10-7 it just depends on the type of waves that are forming. This is great on junky little surf as you can kick it around a bit with cutbacks and tricks on the small stuff. This board is also perfect for smaller riders who want to take on some whitewater but don't want the bulk and heft of a bigger board to control. Great board for just chilling and relaxing too.

OLIVIA MEYERS

ACA LEVEL II INSTRUCTOR MARYLAND

I have loved paddle boarding since I discovered it at camp around 10 years ago. Asking for my own SUP was like asking for a pony. After many years I finally earned my Earth River Sup, and I absolutely love it. Over the years I began to understand what kind of sup I wanted. I have used ERS, ULI, and NRS boards. I knew, based on my stature, I would need something smaller, light enough to carry, and durable enough for both personal and camp use, as well as and something that could handle both rapids and flat water. As an added bonus I can even fit my board in my car, my compact Honda HRV!! This is perfect because I don’t have to tie it to my car, buy a hitch, or even use a roof rack. All I do is put down the back seats down, and lean the front seat back, and I am good to go! The ERS V3 9’6 has given me easy use on both flat and moving water. The V3 is nimble enough to run the low rapids at camp, navigating through tight spaces easily, while giving me the flexibility to turn my sup around and help my campers to navigate those same tight spaces. The board had enough sturdiness to go easily from knees to feet and even to a headstand. This board has met every expectation I have created over the years. The interchangeable fins make my job at camp so much easier. I can worry about my campers not my fins. It allows me the option to go back to long fins when I’m away from camp. With the board itself being awesome it also looks awesome! Its sleek and cool, and the graphics are awesome. All my campers always request the blue board before I tell them it is actually mine not the camps. I am so excited to continue to use the board I have always dreamed of having! It was totally worth the wait.

COLE REINTSMA

ACA LEVEL II INSTRUCTOR FLORIDA

This is the board I spend most of my time riding and I take it everywhere! It’s great on the beach when there is waves, and fun to play on even when it’s flat. I take it through the everglades and national parks and have even put it through the whitewater around the Potomac when I’ve been back in Maryland. This is the perfect SUP board for anyone looking for an all round SUP that you can adapt to ride anywhere and a board I don’t think I will ever stop riding.

ROB TOSATTO

EVERYWHERE USA

The ERS 9-6 is my go-to board when I want to play. It is so maneuverable! I’ve enjoyed experimenting with the different sized/shaped fins. We live full-time on the road in our fifth-wheel trailer, so weight and space are important to us. This board is light and very compact in the duffel. It definitely fits our lifestyle. 

CHRISTY TOSATTO

EVERYWHERE USA

This is my favorite board if I’m heading out alone or hitting some lively whitewater. It inflates in a flash and is surprisingly light and easy to manage, especially accessing more challenging put-ins and takeouts. I love its responsiveness on whitewater and how nimbly it slips between the rocks.

LEE DAVIDSON

ARIZONA

The ERS V3 is the best for the local AZ rivers. The V3 has a awesome design and works great on the rivers. The ERS board stuck out in design over most of the competitors the size works great for people with a smaller frame and height. It is very durable. It has a good color to it. The paddle is great and works well.

Andrew Brackett

GEORGIA

We've really enjoyed our Earth River SUP paddle board - so much so, we bought 2! It's been a thrill learning how to river paddle board Class I rapids, and the ER 9'6" board and the 10'0 boards are maneuverable, forgiving, and just a blast! The adjustable low profile fins are a must for river paddling and have allowed us to access river stretches on a paddle board we didn't think possible. We're even paddling downstream 1/2 mile turning around a paddling back up (hopping off and walking the Class I shoals on the way back up). This has been so much fun, convenient, and a killer work-out! This type of experience is just not possible in a kayak!

Tiffany Chen

Atlanta

As a relative SUP beginner with a very petite frame (5'0”, 100 lbs), but one who has been fortunate to rent boards in many conditions (the Gulf of Mexico, lakes, rivers), I searched long and hard for a board that didn't feel oversized, that could adapt to any condition I chose to ride it on, and that could still have room for both my gear and my kids to ride with me. I also debated whether or not an inflatable board would be a good choice, but opted to go the inflatable route for ease of traveling with it.

The ERS DUAL 9-6 S3, with its changeable fins, narrower width, and thinner height, was perfect for me! I love how easily it stows away, but also how easily I can bring it anywhere. My inaugural float also confirmed that I chose the right board, as I’ve never felt more comfortable on a board, and I've never had a board be so responsive to my paddle. My kids loved learning how to paddle on it as well, and I’ve got my long list of places I want to take it. I also know that because it’s built for more experienced riders, it has the construction to support my growth in the sport. I love this board!

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DUAL 10-0 S3 | Neptune

10-0 Neptune Boards - COMING MID-LATE 2021

Gregory Miller

ACA LEVEL IV INSTRUCTOR POTOMAC, MD

"A really fun take anywhere, and do anything board. I've done several whitewater outings on it and the extra buoyancy really gives a nice lateral sway, to feel your way through. It's feel does take a bit of getting used to, but once you find that balance point and get a sense for its unique shape and balance it's a blast to ride".

Kalie Read

COLORADO

I had the opportunity to take river SUP classes on the Arkansas River in Colorado this summer, where my favorite SUP memory is riding my board down Brown’s Canyon- Class 2-3 rapids! When the water is higher, they are considered class 4 rapids. Another favorite memory was paddle boarding on Sprague Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park when I was there with my husband and his parents before the fires hit the park. My father-in-law took some cool action shots of me on the windy water.

Gregory Miller

ACA LEVEL IV INSTRUCTOR DC VA MD

It’s perfect in whitewater and river surfing situations, can cut in some shaped ocean waves, and it’s also great on flat water. It turns quickly and I’ve even had plenty of first times students up and on it in seconds. Since ERS introduced it I rarely have taken a road trip without one. Feels great on smaller waves since you can build up speed faster paddling than you can prone on a surfboard and I’ve got no hesitation in taking it on longer paddles.

Tito Onyekweli

PENNSYLVANIA

An excellent all-around board. I've surfed the Potomac River, run rapids with it in Jasper, Canada, and surfed Assateague Island waves with. Its excellent ride and stability make it an easy go-to in my quiver. I love taking friends unfamiliar with paddleboarding out on the 10-0 because of its forgiveness on the water. The rolling backpack has come in handy taking this board on flights.

GABRIELLE ROVEGNO

ACA LEVEL II INSTRUCTOR VIRGINIA

This board does everything I need it to do, it is my go to board and perfectly captures our motto: Lake, River Coast. The 10'0" goes everywhere with me, I take it everywhere I go that has water, this is the board I use. From, Montana lakes to Pennsylvania Rivers to New York Oceans, packing it with me as far as St. Lucia, Guatemala and Spain. Through all this wear and tear, the performance and quality has never faltered.

MARTINA OERTLING

ACA LEVEL III INSTRUCTOR DC VA MD

My preferred board in Whitewater that gets me through rapids and is fun catching small waves with. Forgiving in unpredictable water, yet light for attaining, biggest plus is thickness when ferrying across or turning- it appeals to all skill levels.

MELANIE WEBB

ACA LEVEL III INSTRUCTOR UTAH

The ERS 10-0 is another personal favorite, one that is super fun on the river. Since I don’t spend a ton of time in whitewater I like that it turns so quickly, but the 33 inch width helps me keep my balance in rapids. This is the board my SUP pal and fellow ERS ambassador Greg Miller even uses for his first time paddlers on the Potomac River.

Sarah Sackville

NSW AUSTRALIA

The fin package is as good as it gets. I don’t think I even knew I had a bit of a fin obsession before this, but it’s made me realize I do. You get 4 types of center fins and 2 types of side bites. Made for all types of conditions.It does really make a difference! And no one else is really thinking to include these high-quality options. So it makes a huge impression on me at least. Your fins are like your transmission. Are you automatic or manual? High or low gear…A big center fin for tracking and glide or some low profile sleek fins for shallow waters and loose turns? It’s like a choose your own adventure every time you inflate your board. They are awesome!

Jeff HEGLUND

VIRGINIA

I enjoy riding my Earth River SUP on the Potomac river.  I also love to take it surfing at the beach.  It is a lot of fun at the lake too!  I bought because it is very versatile with all the fin choices.  I can go from whitewater, to surfing to the lake.  It is also very durable with better than the competition construction!  Thanks ERS!

WYLDER GREEN

GERMANY

The ERS 10'0 is the most versatile board that I have come across. Afer over a year of looking and refining what board could be at home almost anywhere, it became it increasingly clear that the ERS 10' was the best bet. It is so solid and stable it encourages you to push your limits. We use is primarily for the Neckar River here in Germany and it has been an absolute blast to ride. At some point, we'll take it to the beach but for now we are enjoying what the local waters have to offer. Also, the ERS carbon paddle 95 is rock solid. We are looking forward to the first summer with the ERS.

MIKE COLE

GEORGIA

We have a 411-acre reservoir less than 2 miles from our home. I didn't want the inconvenience of a hardboard, so I began researching inflatable SUP's. The clear front runner from the professionals was Earth River SUP's. The quality is amazing! In less than 10 minutes I can go from my SUP rolled up in my backpack to fully inflated and in the water! I also purchased the ERS 12 Volt DC pump which is PHENOMENAL!

Mark Zuckerman

INDONESIA

We are loving our 10’ Earth River SUP! To be honest, I was a bit reluctant to purchase an inflatable board. Now I’ve come to understand how much the materials and manufacturing process has improved in recent years. We live overseas — previously in Tanzania and now in Indonesia. We take our Earth River SUP everywhere. From Jakarta, we have thousands of islands to choose from, but they all typically require a flight. Now we are happy to roll it up and bring it along - from Sumatra to Sulawesi and Lombok. This has been our best sports equipment purchase in a long time.

Alexandra Isern

DC

I love this board. I have a few longer boards that are great, but when I got to test ride the ERS 10.0 I knew I had to have one! I love the incredible maneuverability. You can turn on a dime. It is also so beautiful! Always proud to be seen on it!

JAMES ROTHWELL

connecticut

I own a LOT of SUPs - about 20, from short surfing SUPs to race boards to cheap inflatables to quality inflatables. The ERS board definitely fits in that latter category - it is solid, stiff, and I love being able to switch out the fin in the standard fin box. This is my go-to board when I paddle with my 5-year-old twins - yes, my 5-year-old twins can paddle SUP or kayak. We live in Connecticut and paddle on the Long Island Sound. This board is stable and tracks well so I can follow them when they are both in their kayaks, and I keep a tow line on the board so I can tow them both home when they get tired. Last summer - when they were 4 - they insisted on paddling a solid mile downwind, and then mysteriously got lazy on the way back, so I ended up towing them, in a chain of ERS SUP to kids kayak to kids kayak, all the way back upwind. Nice way to get a good workout while paddling with kids!

GREG MILLER ACA LEVEL III INSTRUCTOR WASHINGTON, DC

"The 10-0 is a great board that is performs in whitewater, surf, and flatwater. It turns on a dime and was designed to be a board that offers a lot of fun. The 33" is a nice stable platform on a short board but still allows you to get a nice technical stroke down.

We use the several 10-0s in our fleet and even first time students take to it with ease. Uniquely designed, and built like a tank".


ERS V3 10-0 reviews

DUAL 10-0 S3 | Code Red

10-0 Code Red Boards - COMING MID-LATE 2021

Christine Robinson

New York

This was by far one of the best purchases I have made in a long time. I had been a jet skier for 25 years and had sold the skis last year. Wasn’t really sure if I would enjoy the paddle boarding as much; but we had the pandemic and I knew I needed to do something and I love being out doors. I rented initially and enjoyed the ride on the river. Then I decided to purchase my own board. I was addicted! I couldn’t wait for the weekends to get out on the board, and I love the ride of my ERS.

I have used it in the Great South Bay, Peconic Bay and in the Long Island Sound. Unfortunately I live in NY and now its getting too cold to go; and I can’t believe how much I miss it. My favorite trip was going to the bluffs and heading back just as the sun was coming down. It was beautiful and surreal. Being on the water especially during these times is so therapeutic and a full escape from life in general. I also was surprised at the great workout that you get while paddling; and unlike jet skiiing you really get an opportunity to take in the environment and all nature has to offer. Love this sport!

KEN ANDREWS

ACA LEVEL IV INSTRUCTOR VIRGINIA

The 10' is my choice for all-round teaching or just relaxing on flatwater but it will also hold its own surfing the big river waves. It takes a little bit of adjustment to the feel but I had it in my first session and have been able to replicate it every time I get out on it. Brilliant shape and a serious enthusiast paddle board.

JOHN GANCARZ

ACA LEVEL III INSTRUCTOR PHILADELPHIA

If you’re looking for one board to fit all your needs, this is it! It’s the Swiss army knife of inflatable paddle boards - a true “quiver killer.” The advanced shape makes it highly versatile at both navigating turbulent rapids and surfing bigger river waves. But rocker profile isn’t overblown, so I can still take it out for a leisurely paddle on flat water with friends and later hit class III rapids and catch a wave. 

COLE REINTSMA

ACA LEVEL II INSTRUCTOR FLORIDA

A really fun take anywhere, and do anything board. I've done several whitewater paddles on it and the extra buoyancy really gives a nice lateral sway to feel your way through. It's unique but once you find that balance point and get a sense for its shape and balance it's fun to ride anywhere even when it's a little rough from boat wake or wind. 

ROB TOSATTO

EVERYWHERE USA

Our ERS 10-0 is especially fantastic when we take our black lab Oliver paddling with us (which is most of the time). The little bit of extra width gives him room to move around, while also giving me more stability.  I love this board on both flat and moving water.

CHRISTY TOSATTO

EVERYWHERE USA

When we’re bringing friends to SUP for the first time we grab this roomy, steady board. Our new paddlers appreciate the width and stability as they develop their balance. We love that it has plenty of extra room for cargo but is still light for its size and easily stowed when we’re on the road.

K. ATAS

HAWAII

Its a fun little board that handles pretty well in the Hawaiian water off O’ahu. I ride it on the south shore, off the coast of waikiki where it handles the swells and waves of the open ocean as well as the occasional strong winds. I love that I can practice my moves such as nose turns and tail spins thanks to the smaller size.

Joshua wonner

WASHINGTON

My dog Rosa and I love paddling on lake Whatcom together here in Bellingham, WA. We really enjoy the stability that the 10.0 V-ll code red gives us out on the lake, or even in the bay. The board is super light and so much easier to tote around than my fiberglass board. I truly enjoy the relaxing zen feeling I get paddling around my local lakes on it. Kudos for the solid board design!

Kristin Corcoran

DC

I ride my board everywhere- whitewater and flat water. (I haven’t gotten a chance to surf it yet!) It’s perfect because I can pack it up and take it anywhere. It doesn’t take up space in my apartment. I can take it on the bus. It is the perfect urban adventure board.

Emerson Funes

MARYLAND

3 weeks ago i had a beginner lesson with paddlestroke sup; and i had the chance to ride an Earth Siver SUP also. I was amazed how rigid and strong the board was for being inflatable. And the same weekend i decided to buy one for me. Of course since i am new SUPing i had to ask some advice to Greg Miller. Now i am practicing my paddling at Angler’s in whenever i have the chance. So happy with my purchase.

Charles Babb

TEXAS

We love to paddle the rivers in Texas on our ERS SUPS. They are perfect for running the rapids. The ability to stow the paddle boards in route the river in our camper makes it so easy to get going and get off the river inflating and deflating. Also, this is a good secure way to transport them and locking them up in the camper. Plus the backpack is great, too.

ELISE S

DC

On the whitewater for the challenge or paddling with the dog on the flats, there's not really a better way to spend a super hot summer day than chilling on the water. The ERS boards are flexible, durable and fun to ride. By the way, the dog agrees.

Dual 10-7 Neptune Reviews

DUAL 10-7 S3 | Neptune

The DUAL 10-7 S3 (formerly V-II / V3) NEPTUNE is the ultimate board for all lake, river, and coastal environments. Tough dual layer X9 construction, fully configurable LRC fin set-up, and an outline shape that provides the best glide, turning, and tracking of any all-around inflatable SUP on the market.

BEN MORTON

ACA INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION TRAINER USA

I had the opportunity to use the ERS V3 10-7 while leading numerous skills classes and instructor certification workshops throughout the spring and summer this year.  After approximately 6-months of using the board I’ve really enjoyed numerous aspects of the board, one of those being the variety of fin options that ERS provides with the board.  Being able to use the board in various environments is important to me as an instructor and paddler. I used a long center fin during most flat-water classes and transitioned to a “2 + 1” or “thruster” fin set-up while paddling on the river.

Additionally the relatively short length of the board coupled with the subtle nose rocker provided easy maneuvering in all environments.  The maneuverability of the board was complimented by a forgiving 5” thickness in the rail that provided enough volume to feel comfortable and stable through varied conditions and dynamic maneuvers.  While durability is always a consideration with inflatable boards, the ERS V3 10-7 has proved to be very resilient to the wear and tear of being dragged across dirt and gravel, pulled up onto docks and ledges, and bumping into rocks and tree limbs. Based on the boards performance thus far, I look forward to continuing to use the board in the diverse environments that my paddling and instruction take me.  

Alex Davis

Florida

I live in Miami and enjoy being out on the water - Biscayne Bay. I had been renting SUPs for a while and decided to make an investment into a SUP of my own. I did numerous web searches, and once I came across ERS I was convinced this was the brand for me. I love taking on new adventures, so while my experience has largely been just cruising through the bay and along intracoastal ways, I hope to take my Dual S3 10.7 into the beach and try paddle surfing soon. Great board…couldn’t be more pleased. Worth the crazy long wait period to get a board in one of the first shipments in 2021.

Katie Baker

Maryland

I recently got my ERS board as a birthday gift and was so excited! I paddle boarded a few years ago and fell in love, so was thrilled to get a board of my own. My husband picked out the board after doing extensive research and found several recommendations for Pumped Up SUP, which also happens to be a local company for us, which is one of the reasons we chose to go with them. But it also just worked out that ERS boards were so highly rated that it was a win/win. So far I have ridden it on some of the inlets of the Chesapeake bay as well as the Potomac. In terms of favorite features, I'm still finding them but really like the detachable fins!

Gregory Miller

ACA LEVEL IV INSTRUCTOR DC MARYLAND VIRGINIA

This truly is a do anything board and really comes into it’s own as the ultimate all rounder in the ERS range. I’ve surfed with it, I’ve taken it through rapids, and I’ve put first time students on this board as part of a Paddlestroke SUP lesson. The size is perfect formerly any paddler and for those smaller, taller, or a little heavier you just shift up or down to the 9-6 or 11-0 for a similar feel for your size and weight. An absolute classic that glides along water with plenty of speed, and is incredibly responsive to stroke input and touch.

COLE REINTSMA

ACA LEVEL II INSTRUCTOR FLORIDA

This DUAL series can’t be beat for ‘feel’ in the water. I’ve surfed the yellow variant of this board and used this one on several casual paddles exploring all of nature around my little pockets of water in Florida. I generally ride the 9-6 DUAL but have jumped on both this and the 10-9 boards on many occasions and I don’t find either of them too big especially for casual flatwater paddling they are all perfectly shaped and move really well in the water.

SEBASTIEN HARDING

ASI LEVEL I INSTRUCTOR MARYLAND

This board is a beast. Its stable, tough, and handles anything you throw at it from rapids, wave riding, and even new students. The fact that it can take a beating makes it perfect for lessons, but also for testing your limits in harsher conditions with confidence. The deckpad is super grippy and the Lake River Coast Fin System give you the option to tweak your ride feel.

Melanie Webb

ACA LEVEL III INSTRUCTOR UTAH

The ultragrip deck and heel pads are a big help as I work to get my ocean legs back and make turns into the waves. The rolling backpack is a life-saver for travel. My friend Sharlene transported her ERS 12-6 with it on an island hopper Hawaiian vacation and loved that it saved her from having to rent boards every day.

Raul Weston

UTAH

We ride in Lake Powell, Colorado River, Maui Hawaii, and Kauai Hawaii. I love that I can get my board in a compact, and great Cary case. Space is at a premium when you travel. I can check my SUP on the airplane for $30 rather than pay over $100 to rent in Hawaii. I love that I can always depend on my ERS board, in multiple conditions. It has been worry free for me and my family. So many memories, but paddling up Cathedral canyon in Lake Powell, with just me my ERS board, and my thoughts. Not another soul around for who knows how many miles was an amazing experience, and therapeutic at the same time.

Sharon Cunningham

Montana

The view from my paddle board!!! Amazing! My 14 year old lab dog likes to ride with me sometimes cause there is plenty of room. I love my board for rivers cause its so bomber! Great for balance training going through small rapids. I love I can switch my skaggs to just one for flat water touring. Its also good for taking a comfortable nap on shore. Just love it so much........ ahhh

C COPENHAGEN

CALIFORNIA

My husband and I recently got these SUPs - our first ones. I love that this is a quality product and how well thought out everything is on the assembly process. We just returned from on a road trip through the Western United States and up to Canada seeking out beautiful places to paddle. I am just at the beginning of learning how to use the SUP, so there is a lot of exploring to do, but so far, the experience of paddling on a serene lake has been wonderful.

JUSTIN TAYLOR

UTAH

PERFORMANCE BOARD OF THE YEAR 2019 and 2020. This is an area where the ERS V3 really shines. The shape, quality materials, and fin set up of the V3 makes for a high performance experience when it comes to tracking and glide. If you are looking for a high-quality, performance level SUP board, then the V3 by ERS is our top pick for 2020. With ERS’s industry leading materials and design you will be able to paddle anywhere and in almost any conditions.

JOHN MCDONALD

ACA KAYAK AND ADAPTIVE PADDLING INSTRUCTOR OHIO

I love my ERS board! This board has been in the ocean, rivers, and lakes and still looks new! It is a very stiff board, holding 15 psi and I have had it filled up all season and it did not lose any air. We have a paddlesports education company where we teach American Canoe Association Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking courses and this board has been great to get people out on many different waterways. I could not be happier with the quality and durability of this board. If you are looking for an air SUP, Earth River SUP is the way to go.

CLIFF EVANS

MONTANA

I Ride in Western Montana lakes and rivers. I really like how quickly you can get on the water. The portability is great. I’ve owned boat and trailer. They are so much work, launching, loading, gas, winterize, batteries. The list goes on and on. A SUP is minimal space, a breeze to through in your truck, drive to your destinations get on the water! I feel the learning curve is quite quick too. The quality of the board makes it stable and rigid. Lastly, you can choose to get on the water and chill or get a little workout in; or both.

Richard Edgar

TEXAS

These inflatable boards are great for travel. I've been to Florida and Hawaii several times. Taking these into the airport is much easier than a large hard board. Getting the battery powered portable pump is a must. It makes it so easy to inflate right on the beach. Having your own board is so much better than overpaying to rent worn out boards and paddles. I wasted more money renting over the years than the cost of one of these. I regret not buying my own sooner. I was worried that the inflatable board would feel too soft and flexible, but that is not the case. When pumped up properly, the board is very solid and firm. You can’t even tell it’s inflated. We chose the 10'7" model for my wife and kids. The 10'7" is sportier and easier to turn than my larger 11' board. The two kids can ride the 10’7” together. They are 10 and 13 years old. My wife prefers the 10'7" for her and I prefer the 11' for me. The whole family is happy and we'll be using these on many great beaches for years to come. I should also note that these are great in fresh water also and we use them regularly in our neighborhood lakes.

Emily Wessels

Minnesota

My ERS SUP Board was a birthday gift to myself, with the uploaded photo from my birthday paddle 🙂 I used the board all summer and well into fall here in Minnesota, exploring city lakes around Minneapolis as well as many lakes "up North." I even invested in a pair of paddle wetshoes so I could keep riding in October (coldest ride was an air temp in the 30s!). One of my favorite activities is to put a bluetooth speaker in my dry bag and listen to audiobooks while I explore new shorelines. I also enjoyed many early morning paddles with the steam rising off the lake (you can't see the sunrise if you're not up before the sun!) I love that my ERS board is so maneuverable while being stable enough for yoga--both important features as I was looking to make my purchase. I also love how easy the inflatable board and the electric pump make it to travel to different lakes. It was a sad day when I had to pack up my board for the winter--but I'm hoping to take it with me on a "workation" to Hawaii this spring, and I can't wait until the ice is off the lakes and it's boarding time once again in Minnesota.

Tom Shen

Virginia

I mainly use the ERS SUP board to take my kids out on the flat waters near Richmond, VA. I have been kayaking whitewater for years in the area. The SUP gives me a way to share my passion for paddling with my two kids and make great memories. I am looking forward to take the ERS explore waterways with them. My kids had a blast on the first couple trips with me on the James. I also like the fact that it's easier for them to "help" paddling if they want.

I was looking at different watercraft. Inflatable SUP was a better fit based on ease of storage and weight compared to canoe and kayak. I selected ERS because of strong recommendation from boater on Facebook and selected DUAL based on Pumped Up SUP's website. I wanted a board that allows me to sample different types of water and also take family out not on the flat water. Main draw for me on the DUAL was the removal fins. Since this is first SUP, I don't have any comparison on how it paddles. That said, I am very impressed with the kit as well as the instructions on the website. I got comfortable with using the board immediately.

Steven Taylor

Oregon

I am very new to paddle boarding and this is the only board I have ever used, but I have used it a few times and have really enjoyed it so far. As I’m learning I have been staying on calm flat water lakes, but it glides extremely smoothly across the lake with each paddle stroke. I am already planning multiple trips this summer to take my board to some more challenging waters for me.

Craig Snyder

West Virginia

I have the 10.7 dual and my wife has the 11.0 Skylake for larger river (potomac and shenandoah) as well as flatwater bays and lakes. I personally like the 5 inch thickness on the dual and skylake boards for the increased stability they provide and the more shallow rail makes it a little bit easier to carve when surfing small waves. Both of these boards are excellent all around boards, relately fast and easy to control, suitable for riders of all skill levels. One can use them for hard play but also for liesure floats and relaxation. Finally, all of our boards are incredibly durable, no need to treat them with kid gloves.

ED KELLY

WASHINGTON

I live on the East side of the Cascade Mountains, two hours east of Seattle WA. I have not had a great deal of time to ride because I was close to harvest when I purchased the board. Still, I live near Lake Wenatchee, a beautiful high mountain lake. I've paddle a few times out in the lake. It was fun to be able to put my pup on the board and take off. Sage was right at home on the board and I found the board to be very stable. I even threw a stick for Sage, while in the middle of the lake. She went and got it and I pulled her back on board. I also let her run the shore while I paddled.

This year, if our disease problem calms, I will head over to the Seattle area and paddle in the Sound. I will also paddle the Wenatchee River from the lake down to my cabin; approximately 7 miles of mild rapids. I was considering buying the longer version of what I have for a second when friends visit. I have always loved being on the water and this is another great way to go. I had my good camera and Swarovski Bino's in the dry bag. I often see bear along the shores here.

Honestly, friends told me many techniques for stability, as a beginning rider, but I found the board to be very stable and had no issues staying upright. I will need to master the paddling techniques for greater efficiency and play more with the rudder selection, but that is just fun. I bought the electric pump to go with the board, as I am 65 and do not want to waste time. I cannot wait to hit the ocean and river.

ERS Classic V3 Reviews

DUAL 10-7 S3 | Classic

10-7 Classic Boards - COMING MID 2021

Gregory Miller

ACA LEVEL IV INSTRUCTOR DC MARYLAND VIRGINIA

The classic ERS 10-7 shape with a killer color combination, and it’s awesome! This board comes with the performance to match it’s looks though and can run with any DUAL boards comparative strengths while keeping the versatility to take on the next challenge in it’s stride. I spent a few weeks in Florida at the start of 2018 and I've kept going back to this board time and time again in both the coast but also in the Potomac. Beautiful glide, and just an exceptionally balanced board shape. A personal favorite of mine with the throwback colors. 

Brian Kelting

I purchased the V3 10-7 orange and white colored model for myself and my wife enjoyed using it so much that within a week I ordered the 11-0 board for her. We take them on local ponds to fish off of and take them on the Delaware River as well. We both like how convenient they are to travel with and enjoy the options of the multiple fin bag. Thanks for a great product!

COLE REINTSMA

ACA LEVEL II INSTRUCTOR FLORIDA

This a a great board for anything for me and although I’ve surfed it a few times, I really love the way it handles on flat water and keeps stable if it is a bit windy or choppy. The width is perfect and the board has great cut through the water with really good speed I’ve paddled it to and from Peanut Island several times and it's actually quite fast once it gets some momentum. Great feel like all ERS boards and a perfect SUP for all conditions.

ADRIAN DURANT

BRITISH CANOEING COACH FRANCE

The 10-7 Classic has really become my go-to board of choice, whether cruising under a Chateau or crushing some Whitewater Earth River SUP have come up with an all-round board which actually goes everywhere. Its enhanced Dynamic Rail is strong and predictable, allowing you the confidence to push the board to another level. With integrated kickpad giving you maximum control it also opens the possibilities to have plenty of fun on the flat spinning for days. But lets be serious for a moment it has so many great features but the only one that really matters is the colour and WOW this board just looks great!

Darren WHITE

MINNESOTTA

This was my first sup and I love it. I rented a few times and did some research. I wanted a quality board that will last for years and perform. No complaints on my end. I generally ride on lakes in MN and the Mississippi River, and have taken board to Lake Michigan.

Kevin Thompson

ARIZONA

Love the convenience of an inflatable. Love the color very unique. The attached pic is me paddling on Maui. I was was asked numerous times as to who the manufacturer was. I picked the ERS after A LOT of research. My research kept coming back to your product.

GARY LAMB

FLORIDA

I wanted an Inflatable SUP for travel purposes as my wife and I spend 2-3 months a year on the road in our RV. My criteria included durability, weight, value and versatility as it will be used in a variety of conditions including surfing, river running and mostly flatwater exploring adventures. Earth River SUP was the obvious choice and the 10'7 was the best all around size for us. So far it has been a lifestyle enhancement! It pack's up real small and deliver's a big dose of fun as we arrive at each new location. I went with the E95 3 piece all carbon paddle for the same reason's (ease of transport and durability). The bright colors really enhance photo op's! Love It!

Christopher K

FLORIDA

Purchased the V3 for coastal touring around Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico early during the pandemic when rental facilities closed down. Quickly became my go to social-distancing activity and work out when gym in my apartment building closed down.
Live on Harbour Island in downtown Tampa and enjoy early morning paddling with the manatees, dolphins, rays, and even an occasional small shark! Went with this model because of versatility and portability to someday, when travelling is back to normal, explore waterways I visited as a child in upstate New York.

Neptune 10-9 Dual Review

DUAL 10-9 S3 | Neptune

The DUAL 10-9 S3 (formerly V-II / V3) NEPTUNE is the perfect board to combine performance with stability. the 10-9 evolves from our 11-0 shape keeping the balance of a 34" wide center, but enhancing turning and portability. Tough dual layer X9 construction, fully configurable LRC fin set-up, and ample room for cargo or passengers.

Hannah Milsaps

South Carolina

ERS SUP has been such a fun addition to our family lake outings! We love taking the kids out on the board. The versatility of our duel is perfect for our family and makes traveling from body of water to body of water so easy. It packs up perfectly for our travels and changing the fins out is such an awesome feature. We plan on this board being apart of the fam for a long long time!

Tom Batteiger

WASHINGTON

I ride primarily on Lake Sammamish. My previous board was a 12' 32" wide fiberglass Riviera. I like the storage convenience and the comfort of the rubber deck of an inflatable board. The main feature and why I bought this board was for it's stability. I've been very impressed with with this board, and enjoyed the high level of customer service I experienced.

BEN Morton

ACA INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION TRAINER USA

Like the ERS V3 10-7, I had the opportunity to use the ERS V3 11-0 throughout the spring and summer to lead various SUP classes, instructor workshops, and for my own paddling ventures.  I found the 11-0 to be a supremely stable platform to paddle in various conditions. While not quite as maneuverable as the 10-7, the 11-0 performed really well in the river environment, specifically making front ferries, eddy turns, and peel-outs.  

The 11-0 became my go-to instructional board in calm or easy moving water due to its stability and relative speed.  With the 5” thick rails and the heel-pad, I found the board very easy to move around on and step back to submerge the tail for pivot turns.  Additionally, the size of the board allowed for easy storage for all the necessary equipment one may need on a full day on the water.  

Gregory Miller

ACA Level IV INSTRUCTOR DC MARYLAND VIRGINIA

A beautifully balanced board that combines incredible stability and glide, without sacrificing any the fun. This is one of the first Earth River SUP shapes and we’ve just refined it a touch since since it’s inception. The Lake River Coast fin pack adds a new dimension for changing up the feel a little and it can run in any type of water you want it to. It’s versatile and whilst being stable isn’t slow or sluggish. It has a classic glide feel that keeps you close to the water and it’s a board that you are not going to outgrow even as your skills develop. 

MICHELLE HOLLY

ACA Level IV INSTRUCTOR BELGIUM

I specifically purchased the 11-0 for teaching and as a family board. It has enough space to do yoga, or to put a junior paddler on the front of the board during an excursion. It has great stability, while still being maneuverable, and I love the flexibility offered by the fin pack. My partner feels comfortable learning on it, and even rocked the waves on the coast of Valencia, the first time paddle boarding in the ocean!

JUSTIN GREEN

DMV / COLORADO

This is my go to board for when I’m doing flat water paddling with my dogs.  The board is very stable and can hold two 70lbs dogs and myself, but usually I just paddle with one dog. This board is also great for attaining and whitewater. 

ERIC FRIEDLANDER

WPA CLASS II INSTRUCTOR VIRGINIA

I ride this board nearly every teaching lesson. I love the relaxability of this board. I put brand new paddlers on it and it practically stabilizes itself. I don't worry with new students at all. I love it for taking out a few passengers also. It's so solid that I've taken up to 2 dogs on this with no issue. Parents can easily take a kid or two for a casual paddle on this. I've also taken this on whitewater and it makes it too easy. Overall the most stable board that I've ridden. 

Scott Waller

WASHINGTON

Myself and several dads take our kids to a lake every summer. Think 30 dads and over 100 kids of all ages. A few years ago several friends started acquiring inflatable SUPs. I had tried a few brands and ended up liking the features and reviews of the ERS boards. I am 6' 5" and 200lbs so I needed a stable board that would track well. I was new at the sport but knew I wanted to make the investment and have one that lasted as I grew confident in my skills. I could not be more happy as are my kids. We love taking it out throughout the summer and taking it on long journeys. Now others are following my choice of ERS boards and we hope to be paddling with many more this summer. Thanks for a great product.

JAY MCPHAUL

DELAWARE

STABILITY! And convenience. Just got back from trip on the NC coast and had awesome time in ICW and ocean.

J COPENHAGEN

CALIFORNIA

My wife and I love our SUPs. We just got them and took them on a road trip through the Western United States and up to Canada seeking out beautiful places to paddle. The lakes in Glacier National Park in Montana and Jasper National Park in Alberta were made for some fantastic paddling. I love the quality craftmanship of the board and the flexibility of easily being able to change out the fins.

STEVE S

VIRGINIA

I love the stability of my ERS 11-0 V-II! As a taller rider, many boards are either unstable, turn poorly, or just slow. I found the 11-0 to be just right. It's super stable even in choppy conditions, but doesn't sacrifice on speed, and turns really well. Add in top notch build quality an I couldn't be happier. I ended up buying bought a 10-7 V-II for my girlfriend too.

Richard Edgar

TEXAS

I bought these so I could travel. We go to Florida and Hawaii every year. I was sick and tired of paying too much for renting crappy beat up boards and paddles. The inflatable boards make travel easy. We've been to Maui, Oahu, Pensacola Florida and our neighborhood lakes with these. I constantly get questions from people about the boards when inflating/deflating especially on Waikiki Beach. I had at least two dozen people ask me questions about how the inflatable boards work, where I got them and how the battery powered pump worked. I think most people love to SUP but don't want the challenge of traveling with big boards. We chose the 11' model for two people - me and my 10 year old. It works great for two people with a total weight of us being around 250 lbs.

Jonathan Foust

VIRGINIA

Since I’ve got it in August I paddle pretty much every morning at sunrise at Riverbend Park and before that, a month on Cape Cod. The package you put together is just amazing and the contrast to my old 4” Waterman is amazing.  A completely different boat. I upgraded to the 11-0 earlier this year, use it almost daily, and I am still amazed and at how well it performs.  I do a lot of photography and video on the Potomac River and bring a tripod and three very expensive cameras onboard.  It may seem risky to carry so much sensitive and high-quality equipment on a board, but considering the stability and maneuverability and downright fun, I vastly prefer the 11-0 to kayaks or open boats.

Eric Mauriello

GULF OF MEXICO

I purchased these 2 boards (DUAL 10-9 and SKYLAKE 10-7) for Marco Island use in the Gulf of Mexico. Easy to carry and fun the ride. The sunsets In Marco are special, my kids and I like to ride them at sunset as the light bounces off the water. The surf is not very challenging on the gulf so we where looking for some boards that would be easy to carry out while still entertaining to ride. The quality of the board are very high compared to my other non inflatable boards I have in New Jersey.

Jay McPhaul

DELAWARE

STABILITY! And convenience. Just got back from trip on the NC coast and had awesome time in ICW and ocean.

ERS 12-6 V3 Reviews

DUAL 12-6 TOURING GT | Dark Aqua

12-6 Touring GT Boards - COMING MID-LATE 2021

Gregory Miller

ACA LEVEL IV INSTRUCTOR DC MARYLAND VIRGINIA

An incredible touring shape that doesn’t follow the typical ‘touring’ board class design parameters. Fast, but also stable which helps in chop and a beautifully graded rocker that I’ve even run through a few pocket waves with. It will handle a ton of weight and performs almost like an all rounder. For distance it’s an amazing ride that tracks like it’s on a wire but keeps the features in the tail area for easy leverage into shifts and full degree turns. Great for up river attainment training workouts and because it’s super stable for a 12.6, it can actually handle fast moving water and class II rapids with short fins or no fins which no other board in this class can go close to doing.

JOHN GANCARZ

ACA LEVEL III INSTRUCTOR PHILADELPHIA

I use the 12-6 V3 as my instructor board because it’s fast and can hold an extra passenger or two without a problem. The versatility of the fin system allows me to switch up sizes according to the type of water I’m operating on. Even with the added materials for rigidity, this board remains light and maneuverable when out of the water allowing for easier portage over difficulty terrain. This came in handy when we ran out of time to paddle around a cove for 8pm fireworks display at the DC Wharf. Without hesitation, we climbed a 10 foot wall along the Potomac River, threw our boards over it, and were able to hike to the other side and put back in with time to spare. Would’ve never tried that with a hard board!

Melanie Webb

ACA LEVEL III INSTRUCTOR UTAH

Now that I’m land-locked again my favorite board is the ERS 12-6, which makes for easy transitions between mountain lakes and swiftly flowing rivers. The width makes the board extra stable when the afternoon wind and boat chop picks up on the water, and on those glassy early morning paddles it glides as smooth as any hard board I’ve paddled. The length of the board and the built in cordage on the front end is a really important feature for me, since I’m planning some overnight expeditions this summer. Tip: Carrying capacity can be extended easily if needed by running bungee cord through the front D-Ring!

Sebastien Harding

ASI LEVEL I INSTRUCTOR MARYLAND

Love this giant for exploring the river and doing long distance runs. Despite its size it's fairly light weight, and it stability makes it super fun in the rapids, and playing around with your footwork. For flatter days it tracks effortlessly, and makes for a super chill ride.

Sarah Sackville

NSW AUSTRALIA

The ERS 12’6″ V3 felt super solid from the moment it was inflated. It was the first thing I noticed, it felt particularly stiff. So it wasn’t a wonder that when I got on board I felt as solid as a cement block. I put this down to some great materials and manufacturing. The shape of the board makes for a great touring board as the slender body with a narrower nose and tail helps with the glide. Additionally, the rocker in the nose has been carefully engineered to give the best assistance in challenging conditions but not hindering you covering distances on flatwater.

JASON BRADLEY

PANAMA

At the end of the day, if you’re in the market for a fun inflatable touring SUP that performs extremely well and is backed by a solid warranty, the Earth River SUP 12-6 V-II is a fantastic choice. This is a board that’s designed for serious use by a company that’s super passionate about both the sport and the gear they make, and there’s a reason why these boards are currently in use at several ultra-demanding SUP instructional schools.

STEVE HERNANDEZ

FLORIDA

Could not be happier with my ERS 12-6 Sup I've owned it for a few years now. I paddle near the keys and will mostly take it out most early mornings as I just enjoy the relaxed feeling of paddling endless scenery. The best recreation purchase I’ve made in a long time and it was well worth investing a professional level board.

DOUG WILLIAMS

FLORIDA

I really enjoy my ERS V-II, inflatable SUP. I had 2 surgeries on my stomach and was looking for something lighter that was more manageable for 1 person to carry. After a fair amount of research on the internet and You-Tube, Earth River SUP seemed to prevail in quality and the company backing up their product. I have a heavy duty board and feel very confident with it as it is very durable. That is important to me because I take the SUP in the Gulf of Mexico, Naples/Collier County, Florida. I also take it into the inlets, mangroves and feel confident with the board that it is safe for me and my family. My wife and I ride the board together and find it to be very enjoyable and great all around exercise for the core and cardio. What a great sport and what a great board for family use. Thank you for a great product and great customer support.

JEFF ALEKSIC

MONTANA

Great combination of board stiffness, durability and performance on the water. I ride it on my local lakes and rivers. The quality is top notch and better than any other inflatable SUP I’ve ever used. One experience was paddling on Lake Michigan where the extra width provided the necessary stability to keep from falling of the board when the wind picked up and the chop got really rough. At the same time the extra width does not slow the board down. It still maintains excellent glide per stroke. Also, I’ve noticed the tracking is very good allowing me to paddle up to as many as 10 strokes per side without switching to the other side. Another experience was paddling on a local river with some mild class two rapids.

I was able to paddle through waves without falling of the board. And the occasional bump on a rock did no harm to the board. This proves the exceptional durability of the V3 construction. Another great feature is the interchangeable fin package that comes standard with the V3 boards. This allows for a wide variety of fin setups depending on the environment and paddling conditions. I use the three fin setup for rough water where extra stability is required. I use the single long center fin for long distance paddling in calm flat water. I use the short fins for shallow water where impact with rocks is a possibility.

Eric Friedlander

WPA CLASS II INSTRUCTOR VIRGINIA

This ride is perfect for riders looking for a little speed on their next paddle. Compared to race boards the durability is unmatched. Because this board is inflatable the stability is also supreme compared to hard boards. I'd take this board touring with any load of weight on the front. It's the perfect adventure board with the combination of it's portability in the air or a vehicle and speed and stability on the water.

Tyler Singleton

TENNESSEE

I have owned two other boards, one a hard and the other a inflatable of another reputable brand, and the ERS board has been by far my favorite. The quality of materials and overall feel off all their products have been far superior and most importantly, the company stands by their product. I had an issue with the bag and paddle, they were easy to get ahold of and they sent me replacements right away. The owner was also very helpful before I made my purchase by answering any questions I had. I use my 12'6" for play with the kids and for exercise. I was worried it would be too big but it handles great and I have found it to be a great all arounder. I have actually been looking at getting another SUP and definitely getting another ERS!

Russell Wright

TENNESSEE

We like to take the ERS Board to various small reservoirs. The first time I tried it was at a near by reservoir called East Canyon. My girlfriend took to it right away. I did not. I struggled at first. Another place that is great for paddling is a Smith Morehouse Reservoir as well as Causey Reservoir. This summer we are going to see how our dog Duke likes to board.

Sharlene Christensen

UTAH

I LOVE my ERS!!! I’ve been able to take it to many lakes in Utah. I enjoy it on my own but I am also able to navigate easily with another person on it with me. My nieces and nephews also love it! I’ve traveled with it to Hawaii. It was super easy and convenient to take as a checked bag and to transport to rivers and beaches in Hawaii. I definitely recommend it! This is a purchase that you will never regret!

Yana Tengalas

MARYLAND

I chose the Skylake 12-6 because I wanted a board stable enough for two paddlers, camping gear, kids, a hyperactive 70-pound dog, or (perhaps most importantly!) SUP acro yoga... but without giving up pleasant paddling when I’m just out on my own doing regular SUP things. Its stability and carrying capacity are just perfect, for every weird thing I try to do with it! And when I don’t need all that, when I’m out just paddling by myself, it’s still lovely – easy for a medium-sized paddler to manage even in current or windy conditions, and with a really nice glide. I don’t feel like I had to trade speed or ease of handling for stability, with this board – would buy again, would recommend to others... if you like SUP yoga or SUP acro yoga, would DEFINITELY recommend: it’s perfect for these pursuits!

REED MELTON

OREGON

Pumped Up SUP suggested an Earth River SUP 12'6" inflatable for my needs, and their recommendation was perfect!. At first, the shorter boards were on my list, but a phone call answered all of my questions about the right board for my primary use. I live one block from the Big and Little Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon, and regularly paddle upstream from my put-in and then back downstream. The 12' 6" board has been a pleasure to paddle upstream, and I frequently pass people because of the fantastic glide! The fin package that came with the board has been great for swapping to shorter fins when the river is low, and the three-piece carbon paddle has been rigid and light with an excellent bag for storage and transport. The neoprene handle makes carrying the board more comfortable in your hand when portaging with your gear.

Seeing my neighborhood from the river has been great, and taking pictures from my SUP has become a fun hobby. The quality of the board, paddle, and the selection of fins included are an incredible value compared to other packages I was considering. Everything I needed arrived on time, and I was paddling the same day that the board came. The 12'6" board is super stable and makes carrying gear easy. This summer, I am planning an overnight camping trip with my SUP and know my board is perfect for the adventure!

Amber Cardwell

OREGON

I love my ERS SUP Board because it is so easy to bring everywhere! I have taken it across country on a plane and it was so simple to just have everything with me. I also drove it across county and it was just as simple to pack. My board has travelled with me everywhere! From the beaches of Rhode Island to the man-made lake in Arizona, it has been a great way to spend the beautiful weather in such a difficult year. I also love that the board is so well balanced and forgiving. Even when my dog falls off the board, I can still manage to stay balanced with the sudden shifting of weight. Such a great board and I am so happy to have finally invested in my own board. ERS are designed in the USA which is a plus, and it is a quality board that is so portable and lightweight. I am continuously loving my board with no regrets.

Sarah Malloy

California

I was searching for a way to get exercise while spending time with my children, 5 and 3. They are too big for pulling in a bike trailer or running stroller happily, but too small to hike very far or fast. Enter the paddleboard! I looked for a brand with a reputation for durability and performance, and kept coming back to ERS. The 12'6" is perfect for holding me or my husband plus two kids, while still being fun to paddle solo. We've been exploring mountain lakes and streams for the summer, and are looking forward to checking out the lower elevation lakes and rivers in the winter.

I'm reconnecting with my paddling background, and teaching my kids about water safety and exploration at the same time. I was an open water lifeguard for ten years, and used to train and race paddleboards and surf skis. I've done expedition sea kayaking and recreational river kayaking, but had never paddled standing up and have only tried surfing once. I'm also a lifelong swimmer, but have found it hard to swim much since having kids. Now I'm falling for a new kind of paddling, and when I can recruit a friend or my husband to come to the lake, I can have my very own crew for a long swim!

As you can see from the picture, my daughter has even fallen asleep while I paddle a few times. Must be a smooth and safe ride if that can happen! Our favorite local paddle is on a mountain lake for about a mile, then upstream from the inlet another mile snaking through willows and pines. The downstream ride back is super fun, and being able to switch to the shallow fins is perfect for this adventure. Thanks ERS for the perfect family board for us!