Recreational SUP enthusiasts that don’t want to have to treat their paddle board like a Faberge egg soon became loyal customers Glide customers as well. Most customers feel that they get better performance and extra glide out of each paddle stroke on our SUPs as we've really found that sweet spot between performance and durability.
Whether you are interested in transporting extra gear on a solo backcountry trek on a touring board, riding ocean waves on a shorter board (known as surfing SUPs with a planing hull), practicing yoga on a wider board with ample room, you will find the performance characteristics of a Glide solid board to be top notch. We test each SUP extensively to make sure each board performs to our exacting standards. There is no excuse for the entire family not to get into SUP. Our fun loving factory guys created a whole video series on YouTube called “Will it Break Wednesday” where they essentially risk life and limb trying to break one of our solid boards.
Once inflatable boards became the rage, we realized that we were going to need to revolutionize that market as well because most of the brands were using technology that was only a grade or two better than pool toys. After a lot of expert advice from more experienced paddlers, we introduced our O2 inflatable paddle board line in 2015.
The O2 inflatable SUP line utilizes 4 layers of military grade PVC that are integrated using our cutting-edge Fusion technology. With over 33,000 reinforced drop stitches per board, Glide inflatables can be fully inflated to an industry-dominating 25 PSI (most are 15 PSI) when properly inflated. Every square inch of a Glide inflatable SUP is pure quality. With this kind of attention to detail it is unlikely that you will ever need to use the repair kit that comes with your board.
Unlike most other stand-up paddle board companies, we own a factory which gives us complete quality control over our paddle boards. This means we can produce the right board for every paddler.
As water sports enthusiasts, we understand the nuances of stand up paddling through various waterways and with customer feedback we’re always at the whiteboard looking for ways to take our product even further. You will also find that we have truly great customer service.
All Glide O2 series inflatables use a standard USA-style fin box. This fin box has been used in the surfing industry for over 50 years and is the standard fin box for almost all longboards and hard paddle boards. This means users will not have to purchase priority fins that other inflatable SUP brands use but can instead use any standard fin on the market. This flexibility allows the user to customize the fin setup for whatever conditions they will be using their inflatable in. Our inflatables come with a 9” keel fin which is a great all-around fin that is suitable for all types of paddling.