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The Earth River SUP 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE is a lightweight inflatable touring board that offers speed, stability, and comfort for paddling long distances. Measuring 12’6″ x 32″ x 6″, the 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE provides the same volume as the popular 12-6 V3. However, the 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE does give up a little bit of rigidity in exchange for the lighter weight (coming in at 23 pounds).
Despite the lightweight build of the 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE, it can support a total capacity of 265 pounds and this model provides more speed than the smaller 9-6, 10-7, and 11-0 versions. Depending on the size and weight of the passengers, it’s even possible to do tandem paddling with the board. If paddling with a pup or passenger is your thing, the 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE will definitely provide you with more than enough carrying capacity.
The 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE’s hybrid deck pad doesn’t just give it a unique look – it also provides superior comfort and grip while the raised kick pad and arch bar are nice bonuses for those times when you’re performing advanced maneuvers. The deck pad on this board is 40% thicker than many other SUPs, making the 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE comfortable to stand on even during long distance paddles.
Making the 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE easier and more intuitive to control is the addition of Earth River SUP’s Enhanced Dynamic Rail (EDR). The EDR has become a standard feature on all SKYLAKE BLUE iSUPs. When making turns or adjustments to the board’s position, EDR helps multiply shifts in the user’s body weight, allowing you to stabilize the board without impacting glide.
A notable upgrade that Earth River SUP made with to SKYLAKE BLUE series is the provision of a customizable fin system. The 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE only has one central fin box with three different center fin options. When paddling in deep water, your best option would be the long central fin that is designed for maximum tracking and stability. There are also shorter fin options for paddling in shallower regions near the coast.
|Max Capacity||265 pounds|
The universal US fin box also allows you to set the fin forward for better maneuverability or further backward for improved tracking. Depending on how you set up your fins, the 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE can offer a different paddling experience. For just this versatility alone, we already applaud the innovation that went into the design of Earth River SUP’s 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE.
The four stainless steel D-rings and elastic bungee cord at the nose of the board provide ample room for supplies and gear. Another stainless-steel D-ring at the tail provides an attachment point for a SUP leash.
ERS throws in the following accessories with the 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE:
- Deluxe rolling backpack
- Dual-action hand pump
- Repair kit
For a limited time, you can also get several free bonus accessories with the 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE. Keep reading for more details on this special offer.
Earth River SUP is extremely confident in the quality of their inflatable paddle boards. The 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE comes with their standard 2-year warranty which covers manufacturer defects. ERS also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied in some way.
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