12 May Fanatic Ray Air and Ray Air Premium
Fanatic Ray Air and Ray Air Premium
This board has excellent tracking and stability so you can paddle easier and focus on the ride. The Ray Air is available in three large sizes; 11’6”, 12’6” and now 13’6” offering more options for larger paddlers and more space for gear and long trips.
- Wide variety of sizes for all types of riders.
- Two construction options.
- Bungee storage system.
- Towing eyelets.
- Sleek colors and graphics.
- Touring specific board
- Great for all-around paddling, SUP yoga and fitness.
- Glides effortlessly.
- Excellent straight line tracking.
- Removable center fin.
- Lack of included accessories.
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Fanatic is owned and operated by a team of riders whose only dream is to create the perfect board and to give everyone the chance to get out on the water.
With over three decades of experience, unwavering dedication and incomparable customer service Fanatic has created some of the best products not only for themselves but for their fellow riders. Fanatic is ‘addicted to ride’ and wants to share that passion with the world by way of their innovative and functional products.
The Ray Air is available in two construction options both made with premium technology and lightweight material at an affordable rate. The Ray Air is made with Fanatic’s single layer Drop Stitch Light Technology that produces a durable yet lightweight SUP. A drop stitch core is encased by a strong layer of Tarpaulin and then finished off with a layer of PVC railing which is then wrapped in gorgeous graphics topped off with a soft diamond grooved traction pad. The Premium upgrade uses Double Layer Light Technology. This premium construction has two lightweight layers of Tarpaulin around a drop stitch core, and three reinforced rail layers wrapped in the same beautiful graphics and covered with that soft EVA foam traction pad. The added lighter layers increase stiffness and reduce the overall weight of the board.
Both models of the Ray Air come in two large sizes with the premium offering an even larger option at 13’6”. The largest of the boards has a 35” width which you will not see in many SUP boards. This is by far the most stable of the models and is ideal for taller and larger riders or beginners who can’t stand up without the support that the extra width provides. Another reason the Ray Air is perfect for larger riders is its increased weight capacities ranging from 240 lbs to 285 lbs. The board can be folded up and transported easily including the single click fin that can be removed for storage and transportation. Since this touring board is larger than most it’s a good thing Fanatic includes a travel backpack; a board that weighs anywhere from 17 to 35 lbs would be too much of a chore to carry otherwise.
Fanatic Ray Air
|11'6"||31"||6"||17 lbs||240 lbs|
|12'6"||32"||6"||20 lbs||260 lbs|
Fanatic Ray Air Premium
|11'6"||31"||6"||24 lbs||240 lbs|
|12'6"||32"||6"||27 lbs||260 lbs|
|13'6"||35"||6"||32 lbs||285 lbs|
Design, Construction and Features
The Ray Air comes in a beautiful blue color scheme with even brighter color accents. Both construction options are virtually the same; with the exception of a few details on the upgraded Premium model. The top deck is covered in soft diamond grooved EVA foam for added grip and even more comfort. A carrying handle is located in the center of the board for easy handling out of the water. A tool-less click fin is ideal for riders on the go, you don’t need to worry about digging around for small tools in your bag before you get on the water, just click and go. Each board is equipped with a premium inflation valve and towing eyelets at the nose and tail of the board for towing and attaching a safety leash.
The best part of these touring boards is the bungee storage, giving you plenty of space for bringing camping gear, a dry bag or offering a place to store your paddle on a long day cruising. The Ray Air Premium features a Mast foot insert for windsurfing and the 13’6” board comes with an extra bungee storage zone at the tail of the board for bringing even more gear or a second smaller rider.
All Fanatic SUP boards come with the standard accessory pack. You receive a travel backpack with the Ray Air and a Premium backpack with, you guessed it, the Premium model. The Premium backpack is the way to go for frequent travelers; with upgraded storage, grooved wheels and padded shoulder and hips straps. All boards come standard with a Fanatic Power Pump HP2 for easy and fast inflation.
Taking it for a Spin
The Ray Air feels more than just stable under your feet, it is confidence boosting. The board glides and tracks so well you almost feel as if it is doing the work for you. You can paddle with less effort and save your energy for later. The extra wide base makes it ideal for doing SUP yoga and fitness without feeling like you’ll fall off. The bungee storage system is a super helpful when you want to sit and float a while or lie down and gaze up, simply slide your paddle under the bungee net and kick back. The extra room makes this a great camping SUP as well, there is enough space for all the gear you need for a night out camping alone, or with a friend.
Likes and Dislikes
Every board in the Fanatic range is specifically tailored to its market audience, whatever kind of paddler you are there is a board designed just for you, and we couldn’t love that more. The only thing we would ask for is a few more included accessories, for example; we would love to see a safety leash and paddle included for a truly premium package.
Get Your Hands on One
Do you love the Ray Air already? If you are looking into getting your very own Fanatic inflatable SUP there are a few options available, you can order Fanatic boards from a number of places online or find an authorized dealer from the list provided on their website.
The Ray Air is a confidence instilling board for all skill levels. The extra wide base and added stability is a feature all large riders can appreciate. This touring board glides effortlessly atop the water and has everything you need right on deck. With quality construction and simply good looking graphics this sleek inflatable SUP is a budget friendly travel companion that you can use just about anywhere to get your paddling fix.