“During the following two seasons, our team gathered extensive feedback from our ever-expanding worldwide customer base. Surf Lifesaving New Zealand also tested the boards throughout all levels of their lifesaving programmes during their 2020/21 season, to help us develop its functionality during casualty recovery and performance on reef breaks and heavier surf spots.
The Red Rescue project was born as a result of making lifesaving more accessible and safer. When collating the feedback, it was clear that the addition of a wider and longer board with more volume to enable heavier lifesavers (or multiple lifeguards) to utilise the board would allow for even more comprehensive cover during events or operational use. We also identified areas where we could make small tweaks to improve the performance, comfort and look of the boards across both models, which is the same approach of continuous improvement we take with Red Paddle Co.
I’m 75kg, as this board is designed for heavier riders it was essential that we worked with professional lifeguards that fit the user group to ensure we dialled in on the perfect outline and dimensions. We tested the new shape against the 10’4 Sprint in partnership with numerous Surf Lifesaving Clubs who had experience using the 10’4 across a variety of conditions and users. It was difficult to pinpoint the exact dimensions as both boards have to perform, no matter who jumps on them – so far feedback has been awesome.”
(see our post here which discusses the differences between the two boards in the range and helps you decide which one is right for your needs).
Lewis testing a prototype 10.6 Prone Rescue in Sagres, Portugal